FEATURE – “Time is on my side,” a classic idiom and later a classic love ballad sung by the Rolling Stones, the phrase means having the luxury of not worrying about how long something takes. In the case of the Rolling Stone’s song, the subject is a girl whom the singer (Mick Jagger) is waiting on to come back to him … in time.
Unfortunately, outside the realm of rock ballads most of us don’t have the luxury of time on our side. With ever-busy days bearing down on us and seemingly endless honey-must-to-do-bucket-lists it appears clear that we could all use a road trip in a DeLorean with a time-turner and a Tardis.
Enter: the gifted hour. Love it or hate it, on Sunday at 2 a.m. all across the nation (minus Arizona and Hawaii) daylight saving time ends and the clocks will “fall back” an hour ostensibly giving most everyone the gift of time.
But with the time change occurring at 2 a.m. the only real benefit we get is an extra hour of sleep. For some, maybe that is enough.
Ivins resident Tim Bryan is the vice president of sales for a national investment company, his daily job consists of working with clients, pursuing new clients and a lot of travel, he said.
When he is not wearing his business hat, Bryan is a husband, father of four, active scout leader and avid cyclist.
“It’s exhausting,” Bryan said, “I have enough on my plate with work and family.”
Given the question: What would you do with an extra hour? Bryan said he would use that hour to sleep and that is exactly what he plans to do this Sunday.
But what if you were given that hour as a gift? One hour to use anywhere and anyhow?
While some extreme endurance athletes will use Sunday’s extra hour to compete in the longest one-day mountain bike race around, other, more realistic folks would use that hour to augment their daily lives.
On Tuesday at 9:33 p.m. St. George News advertising sales representative Jennifer Amico posted to her Facebook profile: “Can I please have 10 more hours in day!!!! – feeling overwhelmed.”
A typical day for Amico starts at 6 a.m. with a crossfit workout; that is, she said, when she can get up, then it is time to get her oldest to school and her youngest to the babysitter so she can get to work and when her husband, who goes to school and works full time, can get to school.
The rest of her day is filled with work, school and sitter pick-ups, soccer practice, grocery store runs, dinner and other family and church obligations. Amico finally heads to bed around 11 p.m. if not later, she said.
“It all adds up,” Amico said, “and soon we’re negative hours.”
Sound familiar? So what would Amico do with her blessed hour?
That extra hour would be used for getting the laundry, dishes, cleaning and all the other chores done around the house so I could use an hour while the kids are awake to spend time with them rather than get all the boring, necessary work done. Oh and I’d be sure to get my workout in … haha.
Workout or not, the time change is coming Sunday so don’t forget to turn back your clocks (if those even exist in this time anymore) and put on your comfy jammies as we usher in another season of earlier sunsets and darker skies and perhaps or hopefully, a little less on our plates.
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