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Hopefully by now your body’s internal clock has acclimated to waking up an hour earlier every day after “jump forward” Last weekend. This miserable hour seems to require many hours of readjustment.

When my boys were babies, the start and end of daylight saving time was always difficult. Just when you were getting them into a good sleep routine, the clock change came and suddenly they didn’t want to fall asleep at bedtime anymore – or worse, they were waking up at 5am.

The family member who least understands daylight saving time these days is my geriatric beagle.

As he gets older, Max likes to start his day later and later. (Really, who can blame him? As I get older, I tend to do the same thing.) Max was considerably confused last week when my clock started ticking an hour earlier than normal and he spied on me , without hitting the snooze button, but instead, crawling under the covers. Sure, Max could have stayed curled up in his comfy dog ​​bed, but if he does that, he knows he might miss an opportunity to wake up the neighbors with his noisy beagles to the smell of a rabbit in the garden. . Or he could pass up the opportunity to beg for the crust of my toast.

So, like me, Max dragged himself out of bed and watched, puzzled, as I fumbled to start the morning coffee while it was still dark outside.

Indeed, this coming and going twice a year seems to be taking its toll. It’s been a bone of contention for as long as I can remember.

Then, suddenly almost out of nowhere, our DC legislators last week addressed the issue that’s on everyone’s mind at this time of year.

The US Senate, by unanimous decision (when, exactly, did you last hear that in a sentence?) on Tuesday approved a measure making daylight saving time permanent across the country next year. The bipartisan Sun Protection Act would ensure that Americans would no longer change their clocks twice a year, but instead maintain daylight saving time year-round.

The bill still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president to become law.

“No more changing clocks, more daylight hours to spend outside after school and after work, and more smiles – that’s what we get with permanent daylight saving time “, said Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, an original sponsor.

Markey was joined in the chamber by senators from both parties who explained how permanent daylight saving time would have positive effects on public health, the economy and even reduced energy consumption.

Believe me, you won’t hear any arguments here!

So, whose idea was daylight saving time in the first place?

In fact, it was first proposed in 1907 by Englishman William Willet, who wrote a manifesto, “Waste of daylight.”

“Everyone appreciates these long and light evenings”, he wrote.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Willet spent a small fortune lobbying businessmen, congressmen, and the U.S. Congress to move the clocks forward. The idea eventually caught on in Europe during World War I in an effort to conserve coal. The United States jumped on board in 1918 and Americans were encouraged to turn off their lights and go to bed around 8 p.m.

I found it interesting that, according to the Almanac and despite popular misconceptions, farmers strongly opposed the idea. The law was repealed, but reappeared during World War II, again due to energy conservation.

Eventually Congress passed a DST law, but apparently even today some farmers’ organizations are lobbying Congress against the practice, largely because, according to the Almanac, the farmers prefer early daylight to start their work and a standard time sunset that does not change. .

As for me and Max, we will be happy to stay on summer time all year round.

Of course, this will mean mornings that are too dark to hunt rabbits in the yard, but it will certainly leave plenty of extra time to sniff around the yard before the sun sets at night.

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