Family: Not a fan of daylight savings

Treena Mielke

As surely as the seasons change, we can be sure that one thing is for sure and seems to be forever.

Daylight savings time.

It happened last Sunday.

I am sure we are all aware of this and even now as we face the beginning of a new week, we are still recovering.

I am not a fan of the time change.

I have always had trouble with time management, to say the least, and putting in or taking out another hour of my day is most confusing.

Years ago, when I was, of course, way younger, I had it in my head that I could beat this time management thing and become the well organized, punctual, and productive person that I knew, without a doubt, lived inside of me.

To combat this issue, I decided to take a time management course to bring the well organized, punctual person living inside of me out for all the world to see.

The course progressed well, and I felt good about it. A little smug in fact. Not only was I organizing myself, I was getting my kids on a schedule that seemed to be working for us.

I remember it clearly, like it was yesterday, that day many years ago when the time change came into effect. I do not remember exactly what year it was, but I do remember I was quite cocky because of my newly acquired skill at managing time.

It was a Sunday and my three children and myself set off for church. I was pleased that, for once we would not be late and be forced to slink into the back pew like usual.

I was surprised when the church was full when we arrived. I was equally surprised when everyone smiled broadly at us when we walked in.

“I guess they just really like us,” I mused. “What a friendly church.”

I smiled back.

We sat down just in time to hear the minister say, “Go in peace.”

Since that time I have taken no more courses in time management and simply struggle to get along as best I can when daylight saving time descends again.

But I don’t like it.

As I said previously, I am not a fan.

Treena Mielke is a central Alberta writer. She lives in Sylvan Lake with her family.

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