Daylight Savings Time is here! That means this morning we “spring ahead,” and reset all of our clocks exactly one hour later, so the daylight will last longer at night.
“Spring ahead!” in the spring, and “fall back!” in the fall. It’s easy to remember, isn’t it?
Except, what if it isn’t quite spring yet? Here in Columbus, it’s a bracing 24 degrees out on this crisp, cold, dry morning, and we’re looking at a high of 43 — if we’re lucky. Temperatures in the 20s and 30s? That’s not what I call spring-like weather, when the air is supposed to feel moist and there is a faint scent of growing plant life on the sultry breeze. Here in the Midwest, unfortunately, it feels like we’re trapped in the icy grip of Old Man Winter, and he just won’t go away gracefully.
There needs to be a Daylight Savings Time saying for this unending winter condition, too. How about: “Don’t mess with the clock when the cold is a shock”? Or: “The time shouldn’t be changed when the weather is deranged”?
Or maybe we need to work with what we’ve already got, and just make a few punctuation changes here and there. Instead of “spring ahead!” we should go with “spring, ahead?” instead, to acknowledge the concerns of those of us who wonder whether blessed, sultry, promising spring will ever get here.
Yesterday I was going through the checkout line at Kroger when the disturbingly exuberant checkout lady piped: “Remember to ‘spring ahead’ tonight!”
I understand that Daylight Savings Time requires us to adjust our clocks twice, at what seem to be increasingly random and ever changing points during the year. Obviously, it’s something you need to be aware of, so you don’t show up an hour late for an important meeting on Monday morning. But is it really something to be so darned chipper about?
My guess is that the people who gaily remind everyone to “spring ahead” are the same people who like being called “peppy.” They probably were on the high school cheer squad and student council, voluntarily sat in the front row and then talked to the teacher after class, kept a detailed “secret diary,” and talked incessantly to their friends about their “pet peeves.”
Have you ever noticed that no random people you encounter during the day remind you to “fall back”? That’s because the Chipper Brigade loathes the idea of spending an extra hour in bed and doesn’t want to dwell on it. On the other hand, the “fall back” people aren’t going to bother you — they figure you’ll figure it out eventually, and in the meantime they just want to get some more sleep.