Sunday morning I tried to wake up at my usual time, except it wasn’t my usual time. The clock said 6:30, but it was really 5:30, and who wanted to be up at that ungodly hour? The animals, who are on a pretty good routine and want to eat at 7 weren’t even stirring. So I stayed in bed a little longer, which meant the whole normal schedule was blown to hell.
Monday morning wasn’t any better. In fact, I daresay it was worse. I normally get all the chores done between 7 and 8, then have breakfast and start work in my office close to nine. But I couldn’t wake up when the clock said 6:30. Just couldn’t. So I slept until the clock said 7:30, which threw that whole day out of whack.
I’ve heard differing reasons as to why we have the time changes. One was so farmers could have an extra hour of daylight in the summer to work. Excuse me. Farmers work from sunup to sundown no matter what time a clock says. There are no extra hours of daylight.
Another reason I’ve heard is the time change came into effect so people would have more daylight hours in which to shop. That was supposed to help retailers. Some of the store owners I’ve talked to over the years said that didn’t help sales for them. People were out enjoying the daylight in outside activities, and would probably be more apt to shop when it was dark and they couldn’t spend time in a park or swimming pool.
So, why don’t we abolish the time changes entirely?