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Native Writes: Saving time

Posted: Friday, Mar 8th, 2013




Instead of moving the clock forward one hour at midnight Sunday, thus taking away an hour until fall, could we add one, giving us 25 hours to use?

Okay, okay, I know the answer is “no,” based on work by some obscure Greek eons ago.

Still, the thought is attractive.

For instance, this past week, an extra hour would have made the seemingly incessant cleaning and storing that has been taking place since mid-January a little easier. Yeah, right. I would have given me more time to avoid the most painful parts.

I don’t remember daylight and darkness being such an issue as a kid. Uncle Bill and his fellow ranchers just went from dawn to dark. Period. So did the farmers.

My dad, a municipal employee, went to work at 6:30 a.m., winter or summer, no matter what the sun was doing.

I’ve been told that daylight saving time was created for ranchers, farmers and workers — and for the golfers. Want to bet who had the most passionate lobbyists?

Some states didn’t follow that drummer when the nation went to “saving” time, but Colorado did.

Last fall, someone in the State Legislature suggested the state do away with it, but the idea didn’t fly, probably because many people no longer have sundials and it was hard to tell if we were on standard time or saving it. Would it have made any difference? Body rhythms were accustomed to that time and wouldn’t have to readjust for the change.

My body will adjust, but not before a few mornings of strong coffee and heavy griping.

The kids will adjust to school-hour sunlight, even though it will still be dark when they walk home, if they walk.

Adults will adjust to driving home later and having one hour less to get going in the morning. Traffic will flow as it always has, though the sun may get in people’s eyes at different times.

As we ponder the effects of “sequestration,” government stupidity and stubbornness won’t change because the clock does, any more than the bull in the field will change his interest in the heifer. The end result is the same.

The rhythms of life are set, not by politicians or clocks, but by nature.

Babies are born when it’s time, people wed when it’s time and kids go to school when it’s time. Even death happens in due time.

This is not dependent upon a clock, but by a divine plan that humans have adjusted to over centuries of existence.

If each generation had asked for another hour, the days would be about a week long, so my request isn’t, as politicians say, “do-able.”

What is possible is for those who are in control of our lives to see each hour as a gift and use it well.

That’s do-able.












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