It’s been a week since we set our clocks back an hour and my family is still reeling from the change. We miss Daylight Savings Time! Every one of us is sleeping poorly, cranky and out of sorts. But the worst is that our after-school, after-work outdoor playtime has been abruptly sheared.
It’s often 4:30 p.m. or later by the time my kids are heading outside to play during the week, after activities or homework. Now, it’s getting dark already by that time and they come back in for an extra odd hour of being indoors – which is the last thing they need. It’s the last thing any of us need. Adults should get to see the sun shining, too, even in winter.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. There is in fact a movement afoot to make DST permanent, and several states having considered doing so. See these articles by Vox and CNN. For a long time there have been calls for sticking with Standard Time and dropping DST altogether. If nobody likes changing the clocks, then why, why, oh why do we still do it? (BTW, the energy savings isn't there.)
I say give us all more time to play outside! Keep Daylight Savings Time year round! Of course, there is a real problem of young kids having to wait in the dark for the school bus, as sunrise would be as late as 8:40 a.m. in December. Maybe school start times could be a wee bit later, although that can pose a problem for working parents. Or, maybe communities need to invest in lighting for bus stops – solar-powered lamps that turn on at 6:30 a.m. ? Not so cray-cray.