Daylight Savings Time seems to baffle some people. When the time comes each fall and spring to set our clocks back or forward an hour, the conversation naturally drifts to the origination of the annoying ritual.
According to timeanddate.com, Daylight Savings Time (DST) is a change in the standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy. And though it has only been used for about 100 years, the idea was used by ancient civilizations to adjust their daily schedules to the Sun’s schedule. For example, the Roman water clocks used different scales for different months.
Daylight Saving Time was first introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war effort during World War I.
Today, DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Currently, most of the United States observes DST except for Hawaii and most of Arizona, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
I was in grade school when we learned about DST. Mrs. Hafer taught us that one easy way to remember which way you move the clocks was to “spring forward” or “fall back.” Not does it help me remember which way to turn the clocks, but I also use it as a way to mentally prepare myself for the changing seasons.
And though I hear a lot of complaints about losing an hour sleep, I don’t mind it at all, because I know warmer weather can’t be far off.
It’s interesting the people of Hawaii and Arizona don’t follow the same protocol as the rest of the nation, but I guess they have their reasons.
I’m just glad spring is almost here.