Monday, March 19, 2018

Daylight Saving Memories

What are your thoughts on Daylight Saving Time? "Falling back" in fall isn't usually too difficult, but "springing forward" in spring can be tough.

Last Sunday, Mr. Handsome and I had a pre-service function at church at 8:30am, which meant hopping out of bed just after 7am (which felt like 6am). We rise early on the weekdays, but we enjoy sleeping in on the weekends, so that was a bit rough.

Despite losing an hour of sleep, the start of Daylight Saving Time always brings back sweet memories. Five years ago, before we were officially in a relationship, I traveled by train to visit Mr. Handsome and his family over spring break. He picked me up at the train station and took me to an indoor court to play tennis.

On the ride over there, I noticed that the clock in his car was still one hour behind. (It was about three weeks after the time change.) I asked him if he planned to change it, and he said that he had tried multiple times and hadn't been able to figure it out. He held up a Walgreens coupon (one of those '$1 off your next purchase' coupons that print out at the register) and told me I could have it if I figured out how to correct the time.

I'm always up for a challenge (and a free coupon), so I accepted the offer. It took me all of 30 seconds to complete the task. I think he was a tad bit embarrassed, but obviously not too bad because he ended up asking me to be his girlfriend two weeks later and asking me to be his wife 23 months after that.

Whenever the time changes, I retell the story. He usually rolls his eyes in response.

11 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/19/2018

    You should start about two weeks before the time changes and adjust your bedtimes and wake-up times in 10-minute increments. That way it isn't so much of a shock to your system on the days the changes really take effect.

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    1. Caroline3/19/2018

      My friend tried that with her toddler's bedtime, but then a few days before realized she'd accidentally been transitioning in the wrong direction! Ooops! :-)

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  2. Anonymous3/19/2018

    Oh how cute Ellie! I do not like the spring time change either. Especially this year. We were up north when it happened so it felt like we were getting up 2 hours earlier instead of 1 so that wknd felt different but it actually helped us in the long run for when we got back to TN, it didn't feel like we had to make that adjustment that a person has to go through usually because we had been a hour ahead all week up north. :) Candi

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  3. Anonymous3/19/2018

    We're in Hawaii, so we didn't have to change times:-)

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  4. I have never understood why the time gets moved. The state I grew up in didnt change until after I moved south. I think it should be left alone.

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    1. Anonymous3/22/2018

      As a southerner, I fully agree!

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  5. We live in AZ so we don't do Daylight Saving Time. When we lived in CA I disliked springing forward.

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  6. Anonymous3/19/2018

    I was in school when President Nixon decided that we would have DST in the winter, to somehow conserve energy. Pushing the clock ahead an hour in the winter was supposed to give us more light in the afternoons. What it really meant was that we started school at 8am in the (7am) pitch black. Not good for kids who had to stand out in the bitter cold and dark, waiting for a morning school bus. I think our school had to use more electricity that first hour to be lit and warm until the sun came up. Silly change.

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  7. Anonymous3/19/2018

    I don't like the time change either. When it says 1 am it fills like midnight too me.

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  8. Anonymous3/19/2018

    A cute story. When I do helpful things for my husband, I tell him he wouldn't know what to do without me. I do not like the spring forward, it takes me days to get use to it...Jane

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  9. Not a fan of springing forward. I do like extra daylight.

    Cute story and a cherished memory.

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