Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Hickory Dickory Dock

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This image comes from the Project Gutenberg archives.

This image comes from the Project Gutenberg archives.

“How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss

On Sunday morning, it’s time to spring forward. This is my favorite time of the year because I know winter will soon depart. Until recently, I never realized how upset people get at the idea of losing one hour of sleep. Studies have even shown there is an increase in heart attacks during the first week of DST.

Approximately 70 countries utilize daylight saving time in at least a portion of the country. India, Japan and China are the only major industrialized countries that don’t observe some form of DST. In the United States, all states recognize DST, with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii.

Benjamin Franklin is widely credited for being the first to have the idea, but he did not implement Daylight Saving Time. In 1784, as an American delegate in Paris, he suggested the late rising French could save money in candles if daylight could last an hour longer for half the year. He also believed it would increase summer daylight work hours. The modern idea of DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson. However, the first official and established use of the idea occurred during World War II when Germany and its allies implemented changing clocks to conserve coal.

Originally the idea behind the change was to save energy, however there are mixed results showing any reduction of gasoline or electricity consumption. Some argue the energy savings by DST is offset by the energy used by people who reside in warm climates to cool their homes during summer afternoon and evenings. In addition, the argument can be made that more hours of light in the evening results in more people out doing errands, thus consuming more gasoline.

The assumed benefits of daylight saving time go beyond energy conservation. Advocates suggest that DST prevents crime since many crimes are committed after dark. They also argue commuting home during daylight hours, reduces the number of traffic accidents in the evening. The sports and recreation industries are big proponents of DST, especially in the golf industry. People can work a full day at the office and still have time to get in nine holes of golf before sundown.

Personally, I don’t care much about the studies that show the benefits or the downside of DST. If I lose an hour of sleep it’s just an excuse to drink more coffee or tea. For me, DST takes me back to my childhood and summer vacation, playing kickball in the cul-de-sac at 8:30 p.m. and still being able to see the ball. It’s hanging out with friends waiting patiently with our jar in hand, to see the first firefly of the night.

I no longer play kickball and I can’t recall the last time I caught a firefly, but my mood is  better with those extra hours of daylight in the evening. To come home from work and have several hours of daylight to do chores or just relax on the back patio with a book or do some writing, reminds me spring and summer are on the way and so are my hummingbirds.

How about you? Daylight saving time, love it or hate it?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

36 thoughts on “Hickory Dickory Dock

  1. I agree….I love having the extra light in the evenings. It makes me feel like I can accomplish so much more. Bring on the warm weather and the birds that come with it!!

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  2. I like the later sunset, but I don’t like the lost hour of sleep. It sounds silly, but I am an insomniac who can barely get more than 4 or 5 hours of shut-eye as it is.

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  3. Renewal of hope and so many subtle things!

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  4. Love the image of staying out late playing kickball (loved that game, too!). And I do love the way the sun somehow seems to hit at a “glowier” angle once that time changes. But the hour of sleep loss? Not ever a good thing for me!

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  5. I love it; like you, it’s an extra hour of daylight, a marker of summertime. In Britain, it was wonderful, as the sun didn’t set until nine, and it was still light out until well past ten p.m. I don’t mind losing the hour; we get up so early, it makes the day seem not so long. And I adore getting it back in autumn; I remember the year DST went year-round, it was so dark waiting for the morning school bus.

    I appreciate the change, definitely a thumbs-up here! 🙂

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    • I had a feeling you were a fan of DST, Anna. 🙂 Having daylight until 10:00 p.m. would definitely interfere with my sleeping time. 🙂 It’s going to be dark when the kids catch the bus for school. I don’t rememer ever going to school in the dark when I was a kid. I bet you like “falling back” in autumn for the same reason I do…it means it’s football season! 🙂

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      • Oh Jill, you know me too well! 🙂

        Fortunately when we lived in Britain, I stayed up later than I do now. Now sunlight until ten p.m. would be a distraction. Here it gets dark around nine p.m. on the longest days. And that’s fine with me!

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  6. I’m OK with it in the fall when i get that extra hour of snooze time, but the spring forward always messes me up – maybe I’ll actually remember to set the clock forward this year and won’t show up at church in time to see all the cars pulling out!

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    • Lol! I’m so paranoid, I usually start changing the clocks around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, then we’re all confused. 🙂 I also enjoy that extra hour of sleep in the fall. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I’m one who votes for year-round Daylight Savings Time. Now that we are on DST from November to mid-March, it seems silly to switch back to Standard Time for the few months of winter. I miss the hour of sleep in the spring, and enjoy the extra hour in the fall, but I’d just as soon not bother with either.

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  8. Great post. I loved reading all the facts and reasoning behind moving the clocks. Seems like we spring ahead so early now, but I’ll take it.

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  9. We don’t have daylight saving time in the tropics, Jill. But it does play havoc with our television viewing because the rest of Australia has it and I keep missing programs by an hour! 😦

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  10. I’m right with you when you said it takes you back to childhood. I may not have liked the summer’s heat and humidity, but I was all for staying up later, until closer to nine pm, and still being able to play outside. =)

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    • Yes, our childhood days of summer were spent outside enjoying every last minute of daylight. Unfortunately, these days, I don’t think children enjoy it as much as we did since video games don’t require daylight to enjoy. 😦

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  11. I love DST–except those first few mornings when the alarm goes off at 4:30am (according to my body) instead of 5:30am. But that’s a small price to pay for the evening’s light for all those months to come. I love your memories of playing kickball as a kid, Jill. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

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  12. I live in Melbourne Australia and I love daylight savings. I just returned from a weekend in Queensland where it gets dark by 6.30 pm summer time – feels so wrong in such a warm climate! On the other hand they are all up at 5am for the surf! Great post

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  13. I love the extra daylight – coming home from work and it’s already dark out makes it feel like your day is over…might as well just call it a night. DST makes me feel like it’s really summer, although it does throw me off for the first week since I usually get up insanely early.

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  14. This is a nice piece, Jillian. You took a common occurance and made it both informative and personal. Very readable authorial voice, too.

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  15. I like your blog! I love Day light Savings time, except ours is about three weeks off from Day light savings time in Australia so for a few weeks my podcast partner and I are off schedule. But we cope! Thanks for liking Newbie Writers Guide – we are fans of all writers who take a chance with their imagination and work. And congrats on your NaNoWriMo wins! I’m a huge fan of the program!

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