We fall back today – you know what I mean by that. It is the only way many of us can remember whether to turn the clocks ahead or backward.
And I for one, wish we would just pick a time and stick to it. Arizona doesn’t play spin the clock hands, nor does Hawaii, so why do the rest of us?
Some credit – or blame – Ben Franklin, but I think he just wanted to advocate his philosophy of “early to bed, and early to rise”. And in the seventeen hundreds, there weren’t good lighting options. So let’s give ole Ben a pass on this one.
It wasn’t until the early nineteen hundreds that William Willett, a British builder and golfer, decided to advance his clock in the summer to allow more time for golfing at the end of the work day. He lobbied for his solution to be adopted in the UK.
During the first World War, Germany adopted the practice as a means of conserving coal. And by 1918 Americans were in on it.
Can we revisit the early nineteen hundreds’ lifestyle in America for a few moments?
Coal was the main source of energy, Prohibition was getting fired up, commercial flight was just getting off the ground but wouldn’t become viable for another decade, most farmers still used horses and mules, the hot car was the Ford Model T and very few Americans owned one, the primary travel source was by train, movies were still silent, most Americans didn’t have telephones – at all, the Postal Service was the speediest means of transporting communications, refrigeration was still primarily done with cooling springs and ice blocks, and women wore floor length dresses and aspired to be a wife and mother – solely – they didn’t even get the right to vote until 1920. Television didn’t exist yet, of course computers didn’t, and nobody could even envision Elvis Presley, the Beatles, hippies, nuclear war, fast food restaurants or Disney World.
I have taken you back to the dark ages to remind you why there may have been need of saving daylight nearly a century ago. But why on earth do we still follow this craziness in the modern world?
Ask any forty-something woman how well she sleeps and you’ll find a scary commentary on the necessity of maintaining a rhythm to her pattern. Now, twice a year, we have to readjust and about the time we get it right, it changes again.
I don’t care which time we adopt. I’d just like to advocate choosing one and sticking with it. Call me the Scrooge of Daylight Savings Time, but I think we can find something better to save, like scraps of tin foil.
Until my rant on time shifting becomes a movement, I am forced to cooperate. So I’ll set my clock back and revisit this as my platform sometime around April or March, depending on when our nation wants to spring ahead next. Even that is a fluctuating concept. I bet we drive other countries nuts with our random time changing.
Let’s start a movement and stop the antiquated notion of changing time.
“Time and tide waits for no man,” – St. Marher in 1225.
P.S. A movement is already underway for all of these reasons. I think I like this guy!
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