This weekend, the Time Deciders have us “springing forward” early Sunday morning. Daylight Savings Time goes into effect, which means we’ll turn our clocks ahead one hour.
Like most people, I’ll be a little bleary-eyed and confused since I’m missing an hour of sleep. However, the happy reality of more light in the evening will finally hit me when I’m watching 60 Minutes — and it is still light outside!
Indeed, having more sunlight later in the day will be a joy, but that’s not the only part of Daylight Savings Time that makes me happy. Daylight Savings Time is one of our few remaining shared human experiences. It’s an event that most Americans will mark.
Personally, I find it hugely comforting knowing that millions of people will all be scrambling around their homes (like me) moving the dials or buttons on their clocks. Most of us will overlook at least one clock and perhaps a watch, or even two. Some may forget the time change altogether and show up at church only to find they are just in time for the offering. Others might be woken by an early morning phone call that wasn’t really early at all.
Daylight Savings Time will be news for a day or two and then we’ll quickly settle into the new routine…until those wacky Time Deciders have us falling back an hour in November.
But this Sunday, take a minute to reflect about our shared national experience of turning the clocks ahead. Remember that we are all simply human beings trying to figure out what time it is.