This Sunday, early morning, we fall back again into normal or standard time. Daylight saving time has had quite a history. Some believe Benjamin Franklin first suggested changing the clocks when he was ambassador to France. Noticing Parisians were still in bed during early morning daylight hours in summer, he proposed that they be awakened with cannon fire and candles rationed. Many scholars consider his proposal nothing more than satire rather than a serious suggestion. It wasn’t until 1895 when a New Zealander named George Hudson made an argument for extending daylight by 2 hours. Being an entomologist, he wanted the extra light after his work shift ended to collect bugs. The proposal was entertained but never acted upon. Several years later, an Englishman by the name of William Willet suggested moving the clock forward one hour during the summer months. He is often credited with being the “inventor” of our modern-day, daylight savings time. During the 20th century, many countries adopted the use of moving the clocks forward to make use of the extra daylight hours. Various reasons have been given for this practice from saving energy, health benefits to just being able to use the extra daylight. This event of changing time has also caused confusion where different geographical areas change the clocks on different calendar days and for differing amounts of time. Some people and industries don’t find it beneficial at all. Farm animals for example, don’t change their clocks. Be that as it may, here in the U.S. of A, those of us on daylight saving time (Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, and Hawaii excluded) all gain the hour we lost in the spring. What will you do with your hour? Is it a chance to get that extra time to sleep, most of us not getting the sleep we need? Will you get up at the same time and use the extra hour, making the best of Ben Franklin’s adage “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy & wise”?
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