Dear Mr. G.V. Hudson

Dear Mr. G.V. Hudson,

I would like to submit a formal complaint regarding your invention of Daylight Savings Time. I understand that as an avid entomologist who loved to study insects, but still had to pay the bills by working during the day, that you valued your “after shift daylight”. But, quite frankly, I think it’s quite arrogant that you would propose changing time in order to look at bugs. Now, don’t get me wrong, there was a time in my life when I loved your invention and even looked forward to it. Aside from normal holidays like my birthday and Christams, Fallback Sunday was one of my favorite days of the year. And, while I might still have a sideways thought about “the arrogant person who thought they could manipulate time”…I still loved that you did…right up until the spring time when I lost an hour…because of your bug collection.

But, my dear friend, all that changed this year. You see, last year my daughter was still too young to be affected by your arrogance. She slept whenever she wanted to, and couldn’t be bothered to care. This year, however, is a different story altogether. This year, she’s ticked off. Actually, I don’t think that’s quite strong enough. She’s p-i-s-s-e-d. There. That’s strong enough. Her whole biological clock is off kilter and YOU did it to her. She’s tired an hour before naptime, she’s hungry an hour before every meal and my poor 15 month old who understands nothing of impulse control and having to wait for needs to be met, is an absolute mess. I’m not a fan of yours right now, Mr. G.V. Hudson. And your friend? William Willet, who didn’t know about your “invention” and conceived this idea all on his own because he was upset that his golf game was cut short in the summer??? Oh, he’s not off the hook either. Even though he didn’t technically invent this manipulation of time himself, he still thought he should be able to change daylight hours so he could play golf. ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? Golf? My daughter is screaming her head off because YOU wanted to play golf?

Seriously, men, do you realize how incredibly arrogant it is to think that you can manipulate time. That you can wake up and say, “Today, I think I shall add 1 hour to my day so that I can collect bugs after dinner or work on my swing a little bit more.” Do you know that we all get 24 hours in a day? Except, now, because of your invention, we just got 25 and come spring there will be a day with only 23 hours in it. Do you realize that because of your bug collection, my daughter has been having the time of her life throwing temper tantrums and screaming at the top of her lungs? Do you realize that because of your golf swing I’ve almost lost my freaking mind today? Is it worth it? Is it really worth it???

An avid proponent of “Ditch DST” and let’s just be normal people who are governed by the sun and the moon, rather than trying to manipulate time itself. Oh, and also? A mom who’s ears haven’t stopped ringing.

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll

PS. I would like to give mad props to my daughter who let her Daddy and I take full advantage of “Fall Back” on Sunday morning.

PPS. I would also like to give mad props to the daycare people at the gym who love my darling Zoebear, and shower her with hugs and kisses even when she’s in {and I quote} “Rare Form today. She’s just all out of sorts and we never see her like that.”

PPS. As a History major I feel compelled to tell you that I got my information from Wikepedia. If you are doing a 20 page research paper {like I had to do several times} I don’t recommend using Wikepedia at all. It’s highly looked down upon in History circles. If you’re writing a blog post about DST…well then…go right on ahead.


11 responses to “Dear Mr. G.V. Hudson

  1. Um, I’m posting about the same thing later this week. Ha! Jacob went down for a “nap” at 5pm last night . . . and didn’t “get up” until 9. Ah! Today is kind of a mess. Good luck finding the balance again! If I figure out any tricks, I’ll let you know 🙂

  2. Um, I started a post about this last night, too. Ha! Jacob went down for a “nap” at 5pm last night . . . and didn’t “get up” until 9. Ah! Today is kind of a mess. Good luck finding the balance again! If I figure out any tricks, I’ll let you know 🙂

  3. Sorry I posted that twice . . . and now this. Eek!

  4. I used to live in Korea where there is no DST. And let me tell you, NO ONE missed it. Such a weird little American thingamajig.

  5. All these years I thought it had to do with conserving energy? Silly me believing what the government tells me. =)
    This post made me lol. I hope Zoe is better today.

    • I think that’s why America started doing it, that was about 30 years into the invention. According to Wikepedia, we started it around WWI….

  6. let her nap when she is tired and eat when she is hungry. that will show those arrogant people.

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