I have always been good at misplacing things. I don’t always put things back where they belong so the next time I need them I go to Kathy with a, “Have you seen…?” question. Her response usually is, “Where did you last have it?” If I knew that I wouldn’t have to ask. Well, this happened again this weekend. I wouldn’t say that I lost or misplaced anything, it is just that one day it was there and the next it wasn’t.
I am talking about sunlight. Saturday it was still light at 5 PM. Sunday at 5PM it was dark. I like getting an extra hour of sleep Saturday night although it really doesn’t matter to me so much now that I am retired. I don’t, however, like the early darkness. I know it is all psychological, but when it is dark at 5:00 in the evening I really don’t feel like doing much of anything. The evening just seems to drag. By 8:00 I feel like it is time for bed because it has been dark for so long.
On the other end of the spectrum, where it was dark at 6:00 in the morning, now the sun is peeking through at that time. This seriously interferes with my sleeping (sorry to those of you who are up and heading out to work at that time).
I understand the reason for the time changes years ago. Are those reasons still a factor today? I really don’t know. Would it drastically alter lifestyles if we just picked one time and kept to it all year long? My feeling is that the winter months can be dreary and depressing enough without the added insult of darkness at 4:30 in the afternoon.
Oh well, it won’t be long until March rolls around and daylight comes back to early evening. Until then I guess I will just go down to the basement, turn on all of the lights and trick my body into not realizing how dark it is outside.