Are You Ready To “Gain” That Hour Back Soon?
There's an old Native American saying, I believe but can't totally confirm, that basically frames the idea of Daylight Saving Time perfectly. More or less it says: Only the government would cut twelve inches off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and claim it is longer. And honestly...you really couldn't encapsulate it any better.
I get it, back in the day a couple hundred years ago it made sense. Kinda. The idea was supposed to be that it would make more light for farmers, etc. To this day, I'm not sure why farmers just couldn't get up earlier? On the other hand, I'm kind of an idiot. Still.... We semi-annually mess with our clocks every year, for one occupation? Hmmmm.... Although, farmers deserve every single perk life can offer, so I would never hold it against them.
Like a lot of our history, books get it all wrong. Ben Franklin didn't invent it. You can thank a man from New Zealand named George Hudson. Though his plan was never really followed through on. In 1905 things changed when a British man named William Willet had an idea that caught on a bit more, according to TimeAndDate.com...
...Willett suggested setting the clocks ahead 20 minutes on each of the 4 Sundays in April, and switching them back by the same amount on each of the 4 Sundays in September, a total of 8 time switches per year.
Though when it was first introduced, it was not well received by businessmen, citizens, and farmers. Some years later, after some modifications, it finally caught on and became the annual inconvenience we've come to know and love.
And when I put the question to Facebook yesterday, most of you agreed with me. Some made valid points about maybe adopting Atlantic Time, which has come before state legislators before, but to no avail. And some folks give the smart, and to the point answer, of just picking one way or the other and stick to it. There's no right or wrong answer, I guess. Wait....yes there is! Stop messing with our clocks!
I suppose it's tempting in some ways, to feel like you're banking an "extra" hour of sleep. But that's kind of the same logic as looking at your tax return as part of your income. It was money you made anyway, that the government "accidentally" took too much of. But hey...it really is the little things in life, that make the world go round. So if "banking" sleep makes you happy, I say go for it.
But... like one guy said in the thread....ultimately...