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Columnist, Sheila 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 numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

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Spring Fever....

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 end.

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 up later.

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

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