Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Mother Nature has provided us with few signs that a change of the seasons is nearing. But one happening this weekend signifies that warmer days filled with regular sunshine aren't far off.
Spring doesn't officially begin until Sunday, March 20, according to the calendar. But in our book it will actually start this Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m., when we "spring forward" and gain an extra hour of daylight in the evening.
There's something about setting those clocks ahead one hour that says "spring is here" -- and we can hardly wait.
What Daylight Savings Time really does is give our spirits a much-needed lift. This very Sunday, darkness won't come until well after 7 p.m. As we prepare to trade winter's gloom for spring's bloom, that's a pleasant thing.
Attitudes tend to change for the better. Less depression and more celebration. More smiles on people's faces. A little more pep in the step. Spring truly is the season of new beginnings.
That extra hour of daylight comes in handy during the late afternoon and early evening. It's a chance to get that lawn mowed after work, take a long walk through a nature park or along the river, go for a bike ride, break out the barbecue for an after-work meal of burgers and brauts with the family and friends, or simply dust off the baseball mitt and ball and play catch or grab the basketball and shoot hoops in the backyard with the kids.
Ironically, no daylight is being "saved" and the days aren't really longer with the change to Daylight Savings Time. There's still only 24 hours in a day, though some of us wouldn't mind a little more time to get things done at home and at work. We're just shifting an hour of brightness from the early morning to the evening. Someone once suggested we call it "Daylight Shifting Time."
All we know is Daylight Savings Time couldn't come at a better time. Hopefully, Mother Nature will begin cooperating and at least provide us with a few teasing days of what's to come.
Welcome to spring. Now, I wonder if that lawn mower will start?