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So where did the hour go?

Even though I lose an hour of sleep and have trouble adjusting, I do love Daylight Saving Time (DST). It means I can drive home when it’s still light out and have time to take my dogs for an evening walk and sit outside on my deck and play Words with Friends on my deck. But where does the hour go when we spring forward?

DST was proposed by the American inventor and politician, Benjamin Franklin. He supposedly joked that Parisians could save money on candles by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of natural morning light. Winston Churchill is quoted saying that DST enlarges “the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country.” New Zealander George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895 while the first national wide implement started on April 30, 1916 by the German Empire and Austria-Hungary. The energy crisis of the 1970’s encouraged its use by many countries including the US. Daylight saving continues to have advocates and critics.

Many people prefer an increase in daylight hours after they are finished working. Extra sunlight makes retailers and sporting good makers happy. More people will head to the mall or big box stores while it’s light out. Families can play miniature golf later into the evening or participate in any number of outdoor sports. I see so many more people biking and walking in the evening and heading to the parks to hike and kayak.

Cows are important to consider! Dairy farmers say cows are sensitive to the time they are milked and earlier milking disrupts their systems. There is also an increase in car accidents the first week of the time change as folks adjust to getting up and going to bed an hour earlier.  

For years, I referred to DST as daylight savings time before learning recently (last year) that it was saving not the plural savings. So have you changed all of your clocks yet?   And how are you doing with the time change?




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