Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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Spring Forward Ė Fall Back
I had an extra
hour this week. But that created a problem - what to do with my extra
hour? The time has changed again. Just about the time I get adjusted
to daylight savings time, it changes back to standard time. I really
hate all this dallying around with the clocks.
It should be great to get an extra hour of sleep. When I set the
clocks back and saw what time it was, it was terrific to realize that
it wasnít really the time I thought, but an hour earlier instead. My
body didnít seem to understand, however. Please, body! Do not get
sleepy now! We have another hour to go. Force yourself.
Of course, staying awake an extra hour made me really tired. And in
spite of being really tired, I woke up the next morning an hour early.
Well, it wasnít really an hour early. It was really the time I
always get up, but the clock said it was an hour early. That made the
day an hour longer, and so long it seemed as if the day would never
The clock-changing bit happens on the weekend to give everyone a
chance to remember before the workday. I actually had an extra hour to
get ready for the day since I got up early, which meant plenty of time
to do a few additional things around the house, things Iíd not
normally do. Naturally, doing the extra stuff made me run late and I
end up not being on time.
I wish I could just get rid of that extra hour somehow. Itís
starting to bug me. I know I earned it last spring when I gave up an
extra hour to change to daylight saving time, but itís been gone so
long that I donít even miss it any more. I canít seem to adjust. I
canít use it by going to bed early, and I canít use it by getting
I could use the hour to do something I really want to do, I suppose.
Trouble is Iím so tired and out of whack from trying to adjust to
the time change that I donít really want to do much of anything. I
donít want that hour. Maybe I could give it to charity. They always
seem to need our time.
Maybe we could all collect up our extra hours and pool them. If 24
people would donate, we would have an extra day. Is that how it would
work, or would the hour we give be the same hour for everyone and so
we would still have only an hour?
This is getting very confusing. The only way NOT to end up with time
on my hands seems to be NOT to give up an hour to begin with. Itís
an uphill battle.
I guess Iíll just save my hour. Surely something will come up sooner
or later to use it for. Donít want to waste time now, do we? But
whether we use time or lose time, we always need more time, and there
is never enough time.
Iíd talk about this more, but my time is gone. You see, Iíve just
been killing time. See how this works? At least, now I wonít have to
worry about what to do with that extra hour any more.
Copyright 2002 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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