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Just wasting time for at least an hour

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Whoever decided we have to change the clocks twice a year must enjoy creating confusion.

For one thing, how is it possible to "gain" an hour or "lose" an hour, when every day is always 24 hours long? I know, I know ... spring ahead and fall back. Over the weekend, I moved my clock an hour earlier, so it seemed like I had an extra hour in the day. But there are so many clocks to change! There is the alarm clock in my room, the alarm clock in my son's room, the kitchen wall clock, the clock built into the electric stove, the clock on the microwave, the clock on the VCR, my watch, the clock in the one car, the clock in the other car ... A person could spend the entire hour gained doing nothing but changing the time on the clocks.

And then there's the actual adjustment of one's mind and attitude, to accommodate the one-hour change. Yes, there is more light in the morning. But I miss seeing the stars as I walk through the soccer field to school at 6:45 a.m. And the dark comes so much earlier now in the evening. I come home and cook dinner as darkness envelopes the world; I miss having the light last longer. If I don't get out for my walk early, I end up walking in the dark, stepping on unseen leaves and acorns and twigs.

Unfortunately, my body doesn't automatically change its routine, just because the hands on the clock have moved. My stomach gets hungry at a certain point, no matter what the clock says. And I get tired when I get tired, not when the clock says it's a certain time.

Then there's waking up in the morning. Even though the clock says it is only 4:30 a.m., my body says it is 5:30 a.m. and my internal alarm clock goes off. It's hard to enjoy that extra hour when I'm already awake.

The time difference between here and China has changed from 12 hours to 13 hours, so I have to be even more careful not to call my daughter when it is the middle of the night, her time.

Oddly, my cell phone seems to have reset itself. How did it know to do that?

I wish I could save up these "saved" hours when we change the clock, and create an entire day of saved hours, because I could do a lot with an extra day. I can't seem to make good use of an extra hour.

I know in a week or so, I will have forgotten that the time change occurred. I will be completely used to the new time. So it's not a big deal, and it's a minor inconvenience. When spring comes, I'll be ready to "spring ahead" and to change the clocks once again.

Complaining about it is just wasting time, cutting into that extra hour I've been given.

So I'll stop complaining. But why am I so tired? It's only 10 p.m. but my body says it's 11 p.m. The clock can say whatever it wants, but my eyelids are closing.

What did you do with your extra hour?

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