Into the Dark

6 Nov

As I sit here looking out the windows of my third floor flat, I’m put out  — or perhaps annoyed — at the pitch black glow between the ceiling-to-floor curtains. Gone are the green trees that reminded me of home in Fayetteville, NY.  Gone are the birds that nested in those trees.  Gone are the flowers in the boxes that rested near the birds nesting in the trees.

We’re officially headed ‘into the dark’ until March 10, 2013 (thanks Tom Hauf!) when we spring the clocks ahead.  In 130 days.  But who’s counting?

Spring forward Fall back – a Daylight Savings Time idea first prompted by Benjamin Franklin in the late 1700’s – before it came to fruition in the 1800’s as a way to increase daylight to increase outdoor business revenue.  Well, depending on which site you find on Google.  Whatever the reason, it’s confuses the heck out of us.

It’s not our bodies that are affected.  It’s our minds.  Light makes us happy.  Dark makes us sleepy.

For a week, most of us troll like drunken zombies adjusting to a new inner clock.  It makes sense.  Last week we woke to the dark, now we wake to light.  We left work in the light, now we leave in the dark.  Now, 7 a.m. feels like 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. feels like 10 p.m. and I’m just feeling a whole lot confused!

Why can’t we just bask in light from 6:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day?

Like when I was a kid.

At least that’s how I remember it.

I guess it’s time to find a Georgia winter hobby.  Ideas??  🙂


3 Responses to “Into the Dark”

  1. Anne Marie Cotton November 6, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    I enjoyed your writing “Miss D”, reminds me of how much fun it is to be with you. But, I have to admit, I am little confused. Why do you need a hobby to replace sleeping at 2am? That is a favorite pastime of mine…

  2. Patrick November 7, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    I remember it being more as a result of the oil embargo of 73′! However I wasn’t around during the formation of the Republic so I suppose it is entirely possible it was suggested back then….

    • dadamo102 November 7, 2012 at 3:54 am #

      From what I can find Patrick, it was initially suggested by Franklin, proposed in 1895, and implemented during WW1 depending on which website. Which is why I’m not a historian!!! You may be right!

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