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Illusion of daylight

Daylight savings always throws me for a loop in the spring.  I’m so used to leaving work at dusk (or worse, the dead of night), that I have a very pressing and urgent sense of time.  I know that I need to get things done so that I can go to bed, because night is a reality.

Daylight savings happens, and suddenly, I feel like I have all the time in the world.  When I left work today at 4:30, it was still mid-day bright.  So I ran a few (non-essential) errands, and then got home, and decided to go and get some yarn for a project which I didn’t really need to get.  Even now, it’s after 6:30, and the sun is finally sinking behind my neighbors’ houses, but I don’t feel any sort of urgency.  I know I need to get dinner made, to finish this, to clean the bathroom, and try to get to bed before 11.00 tonight, because I’m exhausted.

But it’s still daylight outside–I have all the time in the world!  There’s still time to sit and stare out the window and let my mind wander.  There’s still time to mindlessly half-do tasks and fantasize about spring break.  And it’s all an illusion!

So, I’m going to keep this post short, and get to it!  Get things done, because now it is nearly dark, and the reality of how late it is is starting to sink in.  Daylight is gone, and so is the illusion.  Back to reality I go!


8 thoughts on “Illusion of daylight

  1. I am SO struggling with this time change. I’ve been working since I got home today, which is rare, and I looked up to realize it’s after 7 and I haven’t run yet and still need to take a shower and finish editing a piece. UGH.

  2. Same. And then all of a sudden it’s 8, then I have just under one million things to do before I can go to bed. I am pretty sure that’s how my school kids feel as well. They are dragging in like they’ve been up all night. Spring break is coming!

  3. Totally with you! I got home and swore it was only 4:30. But I looked at the clock and it was 5:30. No fair! I had way less time to get things done before the kids had to get to bed. And trying to get them to bed while it’s light out is REALLY hard!

    I do like being able to take the kids to the park after school because there’s extra daylight, but when it first changes over like this, it feels like the day goes by so quickly!

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