Whoever came up with the crazy idea of Daylight Savings Time - thanks a lot.
You know who it's especially hard on? Moms of little ones!
OK, so Daylight Savings Time is supposed to help conserve energy. But the real energy crisis of today is that the children have too much and we parents don't have enough.
It's a hostile take over.So while we go head-to-head, they use Daylight Savings Time to run us down, waking us up at the crack of dawn because they are completely oblivious to these things called clocks.
It may, indeed, be easier to get up in the morning - but my children feel the same way. One of them came to ask me if it was time to get up at 4:52. Um, 5:52 would have been bad enough but at 4:52 ... I've lost the will to live!
One may think that this would make them tired earlier, but you can't use that kind of logic with these animals. They only listen to their internal body clock and will stay up just as late as they always did, meaning that extra hour is theirs.
I think I'm not alone in blaming Daylight Savings Time for all the chores not getting done, for this hangover feeling I didn't earn and, while I'm at it, everything else. I had a debate with a friend as to whether we could blame it for actual hangovers and we decided, yes. Daylight Savings Time is to blame for everything, including our own bad choices.
Time change, in theory, sounds fun because we get an extra hour to get to where we need to be. It's just not helpful for kids who don't understand time or care about getting places on time.
Maybe we are the minority, but there is only one winner in Daylight Savings Time and that is the kids. They will use their extra hour as they please and steal our sleep shamelessly, like the little energy succulents that they are.
We will eventually assimilate into the normal time and swing of things. But as of now, the kids didn't get the memo. We are tired and need more caffeine.
There should be a sponsored support group with refreshments and cots for napping!
Who should I send this letter to?
Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.