I hate Daylight Savings Time. Hate it.
My mental functioning is very tightly linked to sunlight. I want naps on rainy days, and the darkness of winter is a terrible trial for me. That’s why I celebrate Winter Solstice as much as I celebrate Christmas, and why living in Yellowknife for three years made puberty even more painful than it is for most kids – between October and January, I’d go to school in the dark and come home in the dark. That’s a long, long time for a sleepy, cranky, teenager not to see the sun.
Hence my hate for DST. Just as the sun starts to rise at the time I have to get up, convincing my poor brain that yes, it IS acceptable to be awake now, we roll the clocks forward, and it’s pitch black at 7AM for another month. It is a cruel, cruel joke on a defenceless me.
The thing that really kills me, though, is that DST defenders say that this bizarre war-time ritual is of benefit to the farmers. OH YEAH? Then why has the province of Saskatchewan, which is 95% populated by farmers, abolished Daylight Savings Time?
It’s because cows can’t tell time, people. Cows want to be milked on a regular interval. They don’t care if the clock says 6AM or 7AM, so long as they’re not uncomfortable. Which means that DST is also a cruel joke on the farmers.
Please, Justin Trudeau. Make Daylight Savings Time go away.
What about you? Hate the time change? Love it? How do you cope with losing an hour of sleep every spring?
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