More daylight means more to do

Published 10:08 pm Saturday, March 7, 2009

If you haven’t moved your clocks ahead one hour yet, you might be late for church this morning. That’s right. Daylight Savings Time returned at 2 a.m. this morning.

In the 60 seconds it took for the hands on a clock to move from Central Standard Time of 1:59 a.m. this morning, time rushed ahead to be 3 a.m. The “lost” hour will not be regained until Central Standard Time returns this fall.

By now everybody should be used to the change in time twice a year since it has been the practice for some time now. Some, like me, would rather operate year around on Daylight Savings Time. But I do understand the problems the annual changes cause for others.

For example, children who ride school buses may have to stand in the dark, waiting on the bus. Others who have to leave for work very early every morning may have to turn in for the night while it is still daylight outside.

Even considering these and other lifestyle changes brought about by the time change, I still like Daylight Savings Time. Some have argued it could be called “Daylight Wasting Time” but I like the extra hour of daylight each day. It, at least, gives all of us the opportunity to be outdoors longer each day after work.

If only I could channel my energies to use the extra hour of daylight to good use every day, my yard would look better, the pool would be cleaner and I would have more time to help my wife, Peggy, with her flowers. That’s a tall list.

In fact, it makes me wonder if I need to reconsider my fondness of Daylight Savings Time.