Fall Forward or Fall Back?


The other morning I had to get up 30 minutes earlier than usual.  Know what? It was dark that early in the morning!  I was shocked to realize that the days are getting shorter.  Until then I hadn’t noticed since it’s usually daylight by the time I wake up.

Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, we are back on good old standard time.  We will have more daylight in the morning – at least for a while – but afternoons will get shorter and shorter until there is none at all.

Instead of ranting, I’ll just point out a few of the more amusing consequences of moving daylight in the evening to the morning: Let’s see, it’s Spring forward … Fall back… Right?

You reset all the clocks, but your biological clock doesn’t have a reset button.

It’s light in the morning, but depressingly dark in the early evening.  You wonder where the day went, as you sure didn’t see any of it.

You forgot to set the coffeepot timer back, so there was no coffee in the morning – a thrilling discovery in the blinding light of early dawn, standard time.

You spend 15 minutes turning the microwave off and on, trying to figure out how to set the clock.  Finally you decide who cares, microwaves don’t need clocks anyhow, only timers.

You long ago gave up trying to reset the clock in your car and are shocked to see that it has the right time – which goes to show that we don’t really need to change time to be right at least half of the time.

You forgot to turn back the clock at 2:00 am and got to church early.  You were astonished that you were the only one there and wonder if the world ended and you missed it.

The clock on your computer sets itself, nice…. but you forgot and did it again.  Now it looks like 6 o’clock, is actually 7 o’clock, and feels like 8 o’clock.

Some folks arrive for work an hour early because they forgot to fall back. Some folks arrive two hours early because they thought it is Spring back…Fall forward.   You can tell who they are because they are the grumpiest.

You can’t remember whether you changed your wristwatch so you change it again, only to realize that you can’t trust your watch either.  You have to call “time and temperature” to find out what time it is.

The timer is wrong on the TV recorder so you miss half of the movie you were recording.  Of course, you don’t realize this until you’ve already watched the other half.

You should turn clocks 11 hours forward shouldn’t you, instead of one hour back?   That’s what all the clock experts say – but they don’t say how to get the clock to stop chiming.

You decide daylight saving time is actually just a plot to confuse us by making us think we are saving energy. You are glad you don’t have to save any more energy because you don’t have much left to save.

You can’t figure out why you are so tired when you got an extra hour of sleep.  Then you remember that you woke up by your biological clock instead of the time on the alarm clock.

You dream of moving to Arizona and wonder if you would feel better by not participating in this nonsense.  Of course, it could be worse.  In Indiana part of the state participates and part doesn’t.

If I got some of these events backwards, don’t be surprised.  It only goes to show that like everyone else – I’m confused!

Copyright 2004 Sheila Moss

About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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3 Responses to Fall Forward or Fall Back?

  1. Sheila Moss says:

    Agree, it is all crazy.


  2. ladydragon@telus.net says:

    I hate daylight savings. I always look forward to Fall when we go back to normal’ time. There has been talk about leaving the time alone up here in Canada. Saskatchewan is like Arizona, they have a brain over there. I hope that the rest of Canada chooses to stay at ‘normal’ time, and NOW!


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  3. energywriter says:

    Great job! Funny and true.
    I can’t reset my biological clock? Drat! I was planning on retiring and heading to the beach.

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