Time adjustment difficult

Published 10:48 am Monday, March 19, 2007

By Staff
To say that I have gotten used to the time change that recently occurred would be a lie. I try not to tell lies. If I do, it is certainly by mistake.
I'm a little puzzled why we even have to have a time change these days. From what I can remember about the beginning of daylight savings time being put into action it has something to do with farming.
I don't have a farm. I don't do farming. I can't even grow a pretty houseplant. I don't need extra time in the fields.
For that matter, there are a few areas that don't observe this change in time. For the U.S. and its territories, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Arizona.
Now, here's my thinking. If the folks in Hawaii and Arizona can get by without all that time changing stuff in the Spring and again in the Fall, why can't Alabama?
I'm not against having a little extra sunlight in the afternoon during the summer months. With the hours we work at the newspaper, at least I can now leave work before dark. Not that it matters much. Like I said, I don't have any farming to do when I get home. No cows to milk, no hogs to slop.
Another reason I'm not fond of the time change is suppertime. I realize that most people have a particular hour when the evening meal, but I have been used to serving mine just after dark. With the time change, if I kept with my old way of serving supper, then my family would be eating some time around 8 p.m.
So my dilemma is convincing myself that it's time to prepare supper even though the sun is shining brightly outside. Also because of the time change, I'm preparing breakfast in the dark or at least semi-dark.
When I woke my son up for school on Friday he was realizing the change as well.
I will admit I like the fact that with the approaching spring and summer activities, the extra day light after work will be nice. And the change came in time this year for the folks who will enjoy spring break this week.
I guess I can get used to the change. I have gotten used to a lot of things in my lifetime, so I can certainly get used to this.
I only hate that I have to wait until the first Sunday in November to regain the hour I lost last week. Just in time to be early for Thanksgiving!
Lisa Tindell is a news writer for The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or by email at lisa.tindell@brewtonstandard.com.

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