Just Call Me Grumpy!!

Liz Fogle

Bug (my daughter) wants to go to bed at 6:30 p.m. and get up at 5:45 a.m., my dog is up at 5:30 a.m., my stomach begins to rumble at 4:00 p.m., and my husband has officially begun his hibernation mode! This can mean only one thing in my house…Daylight Saving Time has ended! Excuse me while I yawn!

Every year, we spring forward and fall back. I love the idea of having more daylight in the summer, but the switching back and forth is killing this momma. After we switch time, I wake up the next morning not sure what time it is?!?!?! Some of my gadgets have switched, but others haven’t!!! Eventually I figure out what time it is. The real struggle comes with Bug. It takes me a solid 3 weeks to adjust Bug’s sleeping and eating schedule. Part of me just wants to scream, JUST LEAVE THE TIME ALONE!!!!

The Monday after the time change, Bug was up bright and early 5:45 a.m. (normally 6:45 a.m.) I told her to go back to bed, it was too early. She informed me she wasn’t tired anymore and she was hungry. Ugh!!! I peeled myself out of bed and fed her. Bug’s next question, “Is it time to go to school?” My response to Bug “no honey, you got up an hour earlier than normal. School isn’t for a few hours.” I will say again, JUST LEAVE THE TIME ALONE!!!

I know there are several thoughts behind Daylight Saving Time and what its true purpose is. I decided to do a little research. I hope the research helps me see the purpose of it, but I have a feeling it will not! I can’t help it, I am little cranky today.

Facts about Daylight Saving Time:
• The idea was proposed by Benjamin Franklin
• It was first adopted during WWI, but repealed at the end of the war. It was left up to the states whether they wanted to continue the
Spring Forward/Fall Back principle
• It was universally mandated in 1942 to end confusion and to implement “war time”
• It was repealed in 1945 and remained so until 1966.
• Another law was established in 1966 in hopes of ending the confusion over who springs forward and who falls back. The only places that don’t are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Island. (Is anyone confused yet?!?!)
• The most recent change to Daylight Saving Time has to do when we change. We now change in November and March vs. October and April

These facts only scratch the surface of the history of Daylight Saving Time. It is a point of contention for many states. Many people believe we should stay on “fast-time” all the time because we need more daylight in the evenings. The flipside is “slow-time” helps conserve energy and it is safer for children riding school buses (kids aren’t loading buses in the dark).

There are many arguments for and against switching time. Where do you stand on the issue? Is anyone else struggling to adjust their schedule? I will say again, JUST LEAVE THE TIME ALONE!

All I know is, I am cranky and I don’t like 5:45 a.m.! I can’t help it I am not a morning person! I am just so ready for Bug’s schedule to get adjusted back to normal.

So let the winter hibernation begin! It is definitely setting in at my house!

**Also, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors**



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