Now that I have a three-year-old, I’ve really been noticing the loss of light this year. Vivian used to be able to burn off a lot of energy before bedtime by running around the neighbourhood with her friends after supper. And, of course, the amount of running around time before sunset has been getting progressively shorter. And now, with our clocks going back one hour, there will be very little light available to us after eating.
I’m officially sick of this silly spring-forward-fall-back dance we engage in year after year. I am officially jealous of Saskatchewan. Now that the Bush Administration has extended Daylight Savings Time into November and March in order to save energy, the folly of this switch becomes more plain. It’s officially six weeks until the shortest day of the year, and moving the clocks back now is just a kick in the groin for those who are even remotely afflicted by Seasonal Affective Disorder.
I used to say, instead of falling back one hour, why not just fall back a half hour and be done with all the clock changing. But now I say this: screw Standard Time. I want my evening light, gosh darn it. I don’t care if I have to wake up in darkness to get it. Let’s spring forward in 2009 and stay there. Who’s with me?