Ahhh those two little words that make my heart sing, daylight saving. For me, there’s just something so exciting about when daylight saving begins, once I get my head around whether the clocks go forward or backward that is! Usually it takes about 24 hours for me to stop comparing real time with daylight saving time! (Why does it confuse me so much every six months?!?)
Of course there’s the first week (or two, or three) of confusion from the kids who do not understand, in the slightest, why they are being put to bed when it’s still light outside. “Mum, it can’t be bed time, I can see Glen (our neighbour) still cooking on the BBQ in his backyard!”.
Then, once they finally grasp the concept after I explain why we have daylight savings and why their bedrooms are still as bright at night as they were when they woke up in the morning, I still have to contend with their body clocks being an hour behind so they don’t fall asleep for another hour anyway!
But, all of that aside, I still absolutely love it.
Along with the clock change, my PM mindset changes. Something in me shifts, I feel more relaxed during the night time routine (the mornings are still cray cray of course). Just like when you’re on holiday in Fiji or Bali, the afternoons and evenings go slower and so does our routine.
I don’t have that hard-assed, wide-eyed look on my face when the kids dawdle and stall and go in the opposite direction to the bathroom when I have already yelled for the 74th time “CLEAN YOUR TEETH!”and that’s all down to me having an extra hour of sunlight. I feel like there’s less of a mad rush to get the kids on the 7pm bus to bed for some reason. That “hurry, hurry, hurry, get to bed”, desperate urgency as I try my hardest to stick to my own stupid strict routine, fades away. I’m not looking at the clock so much aching for the kids to get to sleep so I can relax because I have let go of my high expectations.
Dinner is prepared later, I might have a wine on a Monday night (OMG, I know right!), we can eat outside, we may go for a walk around the block or down the beach after dinner, bath time is longer, more playful, we sit down with the kids in bed and read to them for longer, maybe even tackle a Shopkins puzzle. It’s like during daylight savings, I magically become the mum I should be all the time (a glass of wine tends to make me a better mum too but that’s a whole other blog for another time!)
In daylight saving months, you tend to see your neighbours more and have a chat on the nature strip, (or in my case a gossip about the neighbour with the pain-in-the-ass dog that yaps all day), you don’t have to pack all the toys up from outside before 5pm and you can do a bit of weeding once the kids are in bed as hubby tinkers a little longer in the shed before coming inside.
I am also much more productive in the six months during daylight saving time. I seem to have more motivation to do chores once the kids are in bed when it’s still light outside rather than curl up on the couch in front of the TV like I do ALL through winter. I love pottering around putting things away, tidying up the playroom while the sun sets through the windows (ok, so I realise that sounds pretty lame and I should really sit out on my deck with a wine and watch the sunset but there’s plenty of time for that…) and I’m happier getting things done.
Our house becomes busy too, busier than normal anyway and I love it. People pop in, drop things off, walk their dogs and stop at our place on the way through. It’s like we are all coming out hibernation. I remember things being like this when I was a kid. Mum wouldn’t call us in for dinner until at least 6.30pm on warmer nights so we would have plenty of time to play 40/40 and ride bikes with all the kids in the street after school.
I’m such a fan of daylight saving I even googled it’s origins today. In 1968 Tasmania became the first state to practice daylight saving and in 1971 the rest of our Australian states followed albeit WA and the NT. QLD then abandoned daylight saving time in 1972. To this day QLD still has an ongoing debate about daylight saving with public opinion geographically divided (and that’s about all I could be bothered copying from Wikipedia!). Anyway, all I know is Victoria adopted it and I am rapt.
Oops, just realised what the time is, I was hoping to have this little blog published an hour ago, oh well that’s daylight saving for you, I wonder if I can use that excuse when I’m late to work in the morning?