Daylight savings time has had its ups and downs since 1918. It became the law of the land starting on March 31st 1918. After the first world war was over Daylight savings time became so unpopular that it was repealed by congress and overturned a veto by President Wilson. Another swipe was taken at the daylight saving piñata by President Roosevelt in 1942 calling it “War Time” from February 9th 1942 to September 30th 1945. After 1945 until January 9th 1974 daylight savings was only observed by a few cities. In 1974 President Nixon signed into law the Daylight Saving Time Energy Act of 1973.
Since that time parents have been suffering from lack of sleep when the clocks would leap forward and suffered the frustration of telling their children it was time to go to bed when it was still light outside. This soon turned children’s rooms into what would be reminiscent of the black-out curtains used in Britain during the Nazi’s bombing of London on a nightly basis.
My Grandfather would use the analogy of cutting off one end of your rug and sewing it on to the other end to make it longer. He would say, “There are only 24 hours in a day. Daylight saving time doesn’t make the day any longer. You still have to get up at sunrise to feed the chickens, no matter what the clock says.”
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