|"I don't want to Spring Forward!"|
I'm about to turn in for the night, but before I do, there is something I have to do. I really don't want to do it, but I have to, because everyone else in Mexico is doing it.
I'm going to "Spring Forward" all of the clocks in my house.
Daylight Savings is upon us and I am not happy about it.
For someone who loves Spring and Summer and pretty much every holiday/celebration known to man, I really dislike Daylight Savings. Of all the things Mexico could copy from the U.S. - por ejemplo punctuality - they had to choose something as horrible as Daylight Savings. POR QUE?!
O, Daylight Savings, why don't I like thee? Let me count the ways...
1. The White Rabbit Effect: After a good night's sleep, I wake up feeling well rested, refreshed and ready for a brand new day. But then I glance at the clock and realize that it's an hour later than I thought and for the rest of the day I feel like "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" This will go on for a week or two or until sometime mid-Summer.
2. Baby, It's Dark Outside: I wake up at 6am every weekday morning, to make sure that the kiddies wake up and make it to school on time. Do you know how hard it is to wake kiddies up in the morning when it's still dark outside? I don't even like waking up when it's dark out. I agree with Jack when he peeks out the bedroom window the first couple of mornings, "Todavia es de noche! Quiero dormir mas." (It's still night-time! I want to sleep more.)
*Note to self: Buy more coffee! You're going to need it!
3. But I'm Not Sleepy: Yes, we all love the long sunny days and being able to play outside. But here in our pueblito, it doesn't get dark until 8:30pm. Even later during the Summer. The kiddies love to play outside. So much so that they don't even want to come in for dinner. Atleast not until it gets dark. But then they only have 15 to 20 minutes after they eat dinner before they have to go to bed. Again, do you know how difficult it is to convince FOUR kiddies to go to sleep, when the sun barely set 30 minutes ago?
The grown-ups aren't any easier to convince. When I finally do go to bed, I end up tossing and turning most of the night worrying about whether or not I'm going to wake up on time. It's a vicious cycle.
4. More Sun = More Work: My suegro is "old school". He worked on a farm his whole life, so he believes in working from Sun Up 'til Sun Down. Suegro will open the shop, just as we are shuttling the first of the kiddies to school, claiming that the sun is up, might as well take advantage of it. (He isn't phased by Daylight Savings.) And well, you can't close the shop if there's still daylight to burn.
And speaking of work, since the days are longer, there's always more to do around the house.
I'm sure I'll be reminded of a couple of more reasons to dislike Daylight Savings this week. You'll probably even read about them.
If for some reason you don't hear from me much this week, it's because I've fallen victim to