People who don’t get out early in the morning don’t seem to really understand just how dark it is for so long at this time of the year.

For those of us who get out stupid early, around 4 a.m., it can seem like the darkness will never end. It’s something to put in nearly four hours of work before the sun even starts to hint it still exists.

We’re the ones who look forward to daylight saving time ending. Yeah, darkness will fall extremely early once it hits in a few days, but for a brief time, the daylight will arrive an hour earlier in the mornings.

And even when that return of morning daylight ends, before November even ends, it still won’t be that bad as it’ll just be three weeks before the Earth starts dipping the northern hemisphere back toward the sun.

Hey, it’ll at least be something to look forward to as darkness eats us alive.

And the lights of the upcoming holidays won’t hurt. They’ll keep us occupied until the fall blues turn into the winter blues.

Some people, including yours truly, have bad emotional reactions to all the darkness and cold. It’s Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but you knew this if you suffer from it and think it’s made up if the weather doesn’t affect your mood at all.

Sunlight really puts a lot of us into a better world while others just complain it’s hot and too bright.

We get really mad at each other and say to stop wishing the weather would change as if we actually have any say in what the day to day weather is.

It’s been long enough now that it seems like we’ve always had daylight saving time, but in the overall scheme of things it’s a relatively new way to make days seem longer. It became big around World War II, farmers liked it because it let them work longer into the evening and soon it became a normal thing for everybody except a couple of states.

It was structured different when I was a kid. We switched over to daylight saving time at the end of April, then back at the first of October. That made much more sense in that you avoided a lot of the dark mornings and you didn’t have daylight until 8 p.m. in March when it was 32 degrees.

Then it was changed to first of April, first of November, then the spring ahead was moved to the middle of March for some reason. People really like their long evenings, I guess.

People complain about each change, but in the overall scheme it’s just one hour either way. It’s not like we’re eliminating a couple of weeks or a month. But some want to leave it one way or the other.

But either way could still mess with us. Leave it at daylight saving time and eventually it will be well after 8 a.m. before it gets daylight. You think some of us are messed up by dark mornings now, let it not get daylight until that late.

And if you stick with the normal time, you’d have sunrise just after 4:30 a.m. Let the sun barge into your bedroom and you roll over expecting it to be around 7 and the clock says it’s 4:37.

We’d also lose those wonderful summer evenings with its daylight way past 9 p.m. I don’t want a June day when it’s dark at 8:20 p.m.

We get it a little off kilter around here because we’re a stone’s throw from the central time zone. It does get dark before 9 p.m. on the east coast, but we get the abnormally long summer days because we’re just a few feet from it being an hour earlier.

Same thing with the dark mornings. When we’re being eaten alive by the darkness at 7:47 a.m., it’s already been daylight for nearly an hour on the east coast.

In the end, it’s not really anything to worry about. Like everything else we complain about, once it’s over, we quickly forget it. Mention the “time change” to somebody in mid December and they’ll shrug and ask who cares?

Then we’ll all start caring again in March, then flat out forget it again. We truly are doomed to repeat the past.

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