Are We ‘Springing Forward’ For the Last Time Sunday?
I certainly won't be the first and likely will not be the last to remind you to be sure, before you tuck yourself into bed Saturday night, to set your clocks ahead one hour. Yes, it's time for us to 'spring forward' into Daylight Saving Time. That's Saving - not savings - as I often hear so many people wrongfully say. We're saving time, not taking time to save.
Anyhoo, this whole idea of 'saving time' by enjoying more daylight during parts of the year when the sun shuns us for longer periods, came about in the late 19th Century. According to Wikipedia, by way of Google, the font of all knowledge, we have a bug lover to thank for longer days.....a European entomologist, George Hudson.
George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895. The German Empire and Austria-Hungary organized the first nationwide implementation starting on April 30, 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then, particularly since the 1970s energy crisis.
It seems that 'ole Bug Eyes wanted more daylight to dig around for his creepy-crawly friends and thought by fooling the clock, he'd make better use of his time. The idea stuck, but, this transitioning between Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time has been hard on all of us in one way or the other. Often, the negative impacts have been unbeknownst to us.
I was speaking with a physician recently and the topic of our anticipation of spring came up. That led her to mention that she was hopeful Congress would finally get things right and pass a bill to abolish the foolish time changing for good. I asked why it was so foolish and she pointed out that by not going back to Standard time, people would experience statistically fewer heart attacks, fewer accidents, get better sleep, be more productive, and several other points of interest that I spaced out when I saw a nurse coming toward my with a syringe. But, I digress.
So, how do you feel about this time change debate? Are you for sticking to longer days all year round or do you appreciate having two times a year when you can be reminded to change your smoke alarm batteries? I think we can have both. Tap the station app and I'll happily send you a reminder twice a year while I'm enjoying more sunshine.