4 days to go until my birthday and I’ve already started to receive presents. On Wednesday, I received a collection the first 48 issues of The Walking Dead from my fellow pop cultural blogger, Arleigh Sandoc. Arleigh is the owner of Through The Shattered Lens, a wonderful entertainment site that he graciously allows me to write for.
And then today, I found out I was getting another gift this Sunday. In fact, I’m getting a gift that I’ve always wanted but I always figured there was no realistic way I’d ever receive it.
I’m getting more time.
A whole extra hour of it, apparently.
Yes, as I was informed at work earlier today, this Sunday is Daylight Saving Time.
I’m going to be honest. I usually hate Daylight Saving Time. First off, speaking as someone with ADD (yes, I know — who doesn’t have ADD nowadays? Still, my ADD is worse than yours), it’s difficult enough for me to deal with time without having the hours just randomly change in the middle of the night. Secondly, speaking as someone with OCD, Daylight Saving Time means that I’m going to have to reset every single clock I own immediately after 2:00 a.m. (or 3:00 a.m. or whatever time it’s going to be — see, it’s started!) or else I’m not going to be able to sleep. Finally, speaking as someone who might be a hoarder, I own a lot of clocks.
Yes, Daylight Saving Time is a massive pain in the ass and I have yet to find anyone who disagrees with me on this. What exactly is the point of it all? According to Wikipedia, Daylight Saving Time has something to do with farming. I guess I could read the article further to find out just what exactly that is but, to be honest, the article bores me. If anything, this whole farming thing sounds like an excuse. Trust me, I’m a country girl and I can tell you this — it doesn’t matter what time the clock says, roosters are going to crow whenever they feel like it, cows are going to smell terrible, and hay is always going to make me reach for my inhaler.
My personal theory is that Daylight Saving Time is meant to serve as a reminder that our time here on this planet is short and that the hours we take for granted can just mysteriously vanish (or reappear) in the middle of the night. And, honestly, who wants to be reminded of that? That’s depressing.
Still, I am liking the idea of getting an extra hour. After all, how many times a year do you get to spend an hour in a state of suspended limbo? It’s almost like one of those movies where the hero goes back in the past to correct his mistakes.
Here’s my idea of the perfect way to celebrate Daylight Saving Time. Do whatever you need to do from 2:00 a.m to 3:00 am. Then, when that extra hour kicks in, do the exact opposite. See which hour goes better for you and use that hour as a template for the rest of your life.