By Jessica Domel
Every year when Daylight Saving Time rolls around, it’s the same old thing. Complaints about changing clocks. Complaints about losing sleep. And inevitably, someone saying it was enacted to help American farmers.
In fact, my dad hates it.
He’s out working in the fields whether it’s 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. He works until the sun goes down. Even then, if he can use a light to do it, he does.
If the corn needs to go in the ground, they work to get the corn in the ground.
The corn needs to grow so it can feed the cattle so we can continue to eat beef. It’s how the cycle works.
The time on the clock doesn’t matter.
By the way, Daylight Saving Time (not Savings time, FYI) was proposed by the British to take advantage of a full day’s light.
Some people say it helps save energy. Some say it doesn’t. Either way, the farmers aren’t to blame for this one.
A friend of mine (a city girl) once stated that the time change was so the farmers would have more daylight hours to work. My husband had to point out that the daylight hours were from sun up to sun down, and it didn’t matter what the clock said.
I’m glad he pointed that out. My dad’s been saying the same thing for years.
Thanks for reading!
Now that the US federal gov’t is about to make DST the standard… I’m going to laugh my butt off when winter comes and we don’t set the clocks back causing that “extra hour” of sunlight (which doesn’t really exist) to disappear…
People are going to be getting out of school or work near sunset or after sunset making the argument for the extra hour moot… If they TRULY wanted people to have an “extra hour” of sunlight, they’d stick with Standard Time so even though it would be dark before school or work, the people would still have an extra hour to do their stuff.