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Maybe there are some good things about less daylight

A clear sky at dusk, with a crescent moon beginning to appear.
Andrew Pritchard

On Sunday at 2 a.m., Daylight Savings Time will end, and we will set all the clocks — though many set themselves at this point — back one hour. It will mean we get an extra hour of sleep (unless you have young kids, then forget it), so that’s always nice, but it also means that our evenings will be darker earlier. The encroaching darkness is one of the hardest things to accept about this season. Last year, Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to keep Daylight Savings all year round, and it passed, then stalled in the House. Apparently there is still some debate about whether it’s better to stick with Daylight Savings, or Standard Time.

In honor of this weekend’s “fall back”, I thought of a few positives about this shift, and the inevitable decrease in daylight because of the whole earth tilting thing.

  • It’s less hours of the day to see how brown and scraggly your yard looks. This is the time of year I like to pretend I don’t have a yard. Or an overgrown garden that I’ve ignored for the last few months.
  • There is more time to look at the stars. We are just down the road from an offical Dark Sky Park. Now you don’t have to wait til 9 p.m. to see the night sky!
  • Darkness is cozy. You can light candles, snuggle up on the couch, and lean into some hygge vibes.
  • At least we don’t live somewhere that has polar night. It could always be worse! I follow this woman on TikTok that make it seem wonderful, but I don’t think it’s for me.
  • For at least a little while, the mornings will be brighter. Today’s sunrise was 7:24 a.m. On Sunday it will be 6:26 a.m.

We will all get through these dark times together. 

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