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Extra daylight is here

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 12:31 PM

Daylight Saving Time began Sunday. Each year I have to tell myself, "spring forward or fall back" to check myself when I am changing my clock making sure I am going the right way.

When we forget to spring forward or fall back we show up for church an hour too soon or we miss Sunday School all together.

I always find it amazing when we are traveling and in a blink of an eye we loose an hour as we drive by the invisible time zone line. I always look forward to the return trip when I get my hour back. Evidently it does not take a lot to amaze me.

The daylight saving time starts the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

Through the years there has been a bit of controversy on the pros and cons of Daylight Savings Time. I have read it was started during the World War I era in an effort to conserve energy. Through the years it has started and stopped. The beginning and ending dates to observe Daylight Saving Time have changed but I think the present dates were set in the mid 2000s and as of Sunday we are now officially saving daylight time, I guess.

As the baseball and softball season begins, I am sure the extra hour in the evening will be good. When I was younger I could always use an extra hour of daylight just to get it all done. As I have gotten older, I may benefit more from an extra hour of sleep because I have come to the realization, I will never get it all done.

Spring will arrive on March 20 and hopefully, we will enjoy the extra hour and use it wisely whether we are spring cleaning or out cheering on our kids and grandkids at the ball fields.

I have mentioned it before but again I want to commend all of the volunteers who work with the area youth during the summer ball season. I coached softball for many years while my daughter was growing up. I followed the baseball teams throughout my son's baseball years. Some of my fondest memories are spending time with my daughter and the girls who played on my teams from year to year. If I had it to do over I would not hesitate to do it again.

It takes coaches, bookkeepers, umpires, someone to get the field ready, concession stand workers, gate keepers, drivers, and parents to make it all happen. Most all involved are on a volunteer basis. They do it because they care about the youth of our area.

I don't know how I got from Daylight Saving Time to summer sports but I guess a good way to spend our extra hour of daylight would be at one of the parks in any of our towns cheering on our young people as they enjoy being part of the team.

Oh, yeah, Daylight Saving Time (when it comes in and goes off) is a good way to remember to change all of the batteries in your smoke detectors.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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