I’m a morning person.
The best part of my day is between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Normally.
But until Daylight Savings Time ends, I’m a slug.
Where I live, it’s still dark until nearly 7 a.m. So I’ve been sleeping in. Along with the dog.
Luckily, Honey’s stomach clock goes off promptly at 7 a.m. and I must get up to feed her breakfast. At least if I don’t want 50 pounds of golden retriever standing on my chest and barking in my ear.
If it weren’t for Honey’s stomach clock, I’d still be curled up under the covers and not writing this brilliant blog post that you’ve been looking forward too all night.
I’ve been eagerly waiting for the end of Daylight Savings Time so I can get my morning back. I thought it was this weekend. But no, I have one more week to wait (thanks to President Bush who extended Daylight Savings Time by a month as the cornerstone of his energy policy).
But the real reason I hate Daylight Savings Time has nothing to do with extra sunlight in the morning. It has to do with humans monkeying with nature.
The earth rotates and orbits the sun. Depending on where on the planet you live and the time of year, you’re going to see different things in the sky. Your day will be longer or shorter.
I don’t like hours and hours of darkness. But I understand it. And my body figures out how to cope with it—usually by consuming large amounts of chocolate, sleeping more, and watching bad movies.
Honey understands it too.
As long as she eats at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a snack sometime in the mid day, she’s happy. She’ll sleep more in the winter because it’s dark and gloomy. And she’ll play and be awake longer in the summer because it’s warm and cheery.
But when we turn the clocks back on November 3, Honey will become an evil fuzzy demon. There is no explaining to her that her stomach clock is wrong. And that she’ll have to wait another hour to eat.
If we try to stick with her stomach clock time, Honey will find herself starving in the evenings. Our bosses won’t let us leave work early because we’re keeping Honey’s Stomach Clock Time instead of standard time. So we have to help her adjust. While wearing chest protectors and ear plugs.
What can I say? Daylight Savings Time is an abomination. It was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin (cranky old pervert) and implemented so the U.S. could save money while making bombs to drop on people in two world wars. What a legacy!
Running our lives by clocks is silly. Changing the time on those clocks so we can manipulate daylight is downright insane.
It’s time to learn from the dogs.
They don’t want Daylight Savings Time. They don’t need Daylight Savings Time. And neither do we.
I hate Daylight Savings Time.
Your Turn: Is getting more daylight in the time of day you need it most worth the discombobulation that comes with changing the clocks? How do your animals cope with the time change?