The Absence of Time

Time. It is a gift. I feel this way when we gain that meager hour with Daylight Savings. An hour you will give back…some gift.

Still, when I get that extra hour I feel a lightness, a smile on my face, and I’m pinching myself all day with what time it really is. I purposely do not change my clocks all at once. I leave a few of them unchanged to note the real time, or er…the new time.

Upon waking, I congratulate myself on getting up so early without even feeling tired. Oh, it’s a miraculous feeling. It’s not 7 a.m., it’s 6 a.m.! And later, it’s not 10:04 a.m., it’s 9:04 a.m. And I’ve already went for a run, made breakfast for my kids, folded three loads of laundry. Okay, no. I made all of that up. Actually, all I did was sit in my bed and read, and that, my friends, was a little slice of heaven, pure, unadulterated happiness. It felt like a free, bonus hour, a get-out-of-jail card. Maybe that’s pushing it. It did feel pretty good though. Really, it felt like the absence of time. Hidden time. Time you’re sneaking away.

This little extra hour, which I must later return, made me wonder if we could be rewarded with extra time every day. Just every day, we got an extra hour. Envision it now. It will only work if everyone is on board. If there are any naysayers, it’s not going to happen. An hour every day, you say? We would have a real warped sense of time then, wouldn’t we? This would be a grand experiment.

I’m betting that in the midst of this experiment, someone would ruin it by asking “What time is it really?” We must see it in analog form, the numbers silently changing without our notice. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard the tick-tick ticking of a clock. We might have to look to the sundial. I don’t know. What time do you think it is?

Sundial
It’s 9:30 a.m., not 10:30…This confused sundial has not yet adjusted.

At bedtime last night, my clock read 11:00 p.m. and I had thought it was really 10:00 p.m. Someone had changed it and it wasn’t me! That idea of being ahead of the curve, fleeting, gone. I had an opportunity to do the right thing for myself and get extra sleep. I’ve already blown it, this chance to redeem my wayward habits and be on a sensible sleep schedule.

Time doesn’t care, really. What time is it? What do you not have time for? We never have enough time. Let’s just call it even and pretend it doesn’t exist. Shall we?

The leaves will still change and fall, no matter what time that clock says.

Let's just end with a beautiful tree.
Let’s just end with a beautiful tree.

I hope you enjoyed your extra hour and that it was as special as mine.

photo credit: mag3737 via photopin cc

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55 thoughts on “The Absence of Time

  1. I look forward to that extra hour every year. I know some people don’t like the change, but it’s a special treat in my mind. I might be too Type A for your experiment though. I’d probably be the one to ruin it. 😉

    Unfortunately, as much as I love my extra hour, I’m a grump when it comes to giving it back in the spring…

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    1. I know…I’d probably do the same thing! It would be nice to not care though. I wonder how long I could last. It would definitely be a new reality.

      I’m already upset about the hour I’m giving back…

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  2. I love extra sleep, but it is so fleeting. Before you happily trick your mind into the bliss of one. whole. hour — you are already maladjusted to this new time. I wish we could live/work on our circadian rhythms: Get up when your body is ready, work when you feel like it, sleep when your body is tired. Naturally this would cause chaos for the nightowls and the larks, but we have chaos anyway, so why not mix it up a little?

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    1. Tania, you are red hot on to something! This makes perfect sense to me. Sure, it would be chaotic at first, but I’m things would smooth themselves out eventually! People would be happier and more productive. It’s too bad this will never happen. It’s great thinking though.

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  3. Great post, Amy! I must say, I’m not really a fan of any of either time change during the first week. I used to love this one because of the extra hour, but with a kid whose internal clock doesn’t change, it just seems to make everything drag.
    I loved this post though. Beautifully written.

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    1. Rachelle, as hard I try to adapt, I always feel a little off this first week. Yeah, I remember having a young child negates the whole extra hour. Mine have been sleeping later than me now! I know, I’m shocked too. Thank you!

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  4. You have a way with words. I love that extra hour, as though I’ve somehow tricked the universe into giving me a little extra life. Time, as you’ve noted, is always moving no matter what time you think it is.

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    1. Thanks, Jen. It does feel like a little trick of the universe. Well said! Too bad we can’t trick it all the time. It does feel like a miracle of some kind. A whole blissful hour. Night will turn into day, day into night…there’s nothing we can say about that.

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  5. Luckily, we don’t change time in Tucson. If so – it would end the exciting conversations with my people back east…because we must ask these two questions every time we talk:
    1) What time is it there?
    2) What’s the weather like?

    I’m just happy when it gets dark early….

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    1. That’s right! You don’t change! What time is it now? Are we now caught up with each other? I’m sure it’s always hot there, right? No, I’m just kidding. What would you talk about for goodness sake? You would need a new ice breaker? And nothing beats time and weather because, you know, it’s so neutral! Me, too. I’m ready for a shorter day.

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      1. I didn’t even REALIZE it was DLS already. I was miffed when they moved it from Oct to Nov – because there is a part of my job that starts at 5:30 AM during the summer and ended in Oct ….and now it ends in Nov…which kind of sucks sometimes. But being done with work at 1:30PM is kinda awesome. So it’s a toss up. Enjoy your extra time.

        It’s always hot and it’s 4:51PM right now 🙂

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      2. I know. Why did they move it??! I didn’t get the memo. It just seems like it gets later and later. Pretty soon it will be the week before Christmas. Getting done at 1:30PM. Nice!! So, now you get done at 2:30? Oh, I’m confused.

        Always hot? No snow? So, you’re an hour ahead.

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      3. Heee hee – no snow right now – but i’m always hopeful.

        So if I start my day at 5:30AM, I am done at 1:30PM, if I start at 6:30AM- I’m done at 2:30PM. But I don’t do the 5:30AM gig every week, it’s only if it’s my week to do that early data processing. Or if it’s Monday which is my early day b/c my kid is done with school at 2PM. It’s all very complex. 🙂

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  6. A delightful post, Bumble. In ancient babylon, way before the US bombed the shit out of it, they devised a calendar of 360 days, which is very cool, since every day the earth moves one degree around the sun. Vey elegant, except for the extra 5 days that are really in a solar year. So there was a five day holiday – a timeless gap where all the Sumerians could get up late, lay in bed, and do all the kinds of Sumerian things that they used to do back then when they weren’t busy building stupid towers.

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    1. Thank you, Stephen. This is perfect. This is what we need. Five “do nothing” days, because a vacation, if you’re lucky to take one, doesn’t ever turn out that way. I think this would be a suitable compromise, since we aren’t likely to simply ignore time. Good thinking!

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  7. I totally do what you do and leave some of the clocks on old time and then spend the next week or two thinking, it’s not really 4pm and its actually 5pm.

    We went to the cinema at 10am this Sunday. I know, who goes to the cinema at 10am on a Sunday morning? People who still get up on old time, that’s who. That extra hour didn’t just help us to get to the cinema but we also watched 3 other films on TV/Blu Ray, went for a walk and did some writing.

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    1. You understand me then. It really makes no sense to hold on to the old time. Maybe it just helps me with the transition. I still have a few I haven’t changed yet. I know I will change them when I actually starting getting confused on the “real” time.

      How relaxing to just take in a movie on a Sunday. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the cinema that early. 🙂 Sounds like a good way to transition into the new time. In a dark cinema, it doesn’t matter what time it is.

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  8. Great post Amy! I always get excited by the extra hour too. The trouble is, I always find I’m confused when I wake up because the only access to time in my bedroom is mine and my man’s mobile phones, and the laptop, and we never remember whether the devices automatically change to the new time or not, we think they do, but sometimes it doesn’t work, and we always find ourselves confused about what time it is for a while until one of us goes downstairs to look at the manual clock on the wall!

    As much as I get excited by the extra hour, I then feel cheated about losing an hour when it goes back the other way. It’s funny how an hour can seem to make so much difference psychologically!

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! That’s so true about just one little hour making such a difference. It’s just a silly hour, but somehow it causes this whole mental shift. For a day, time is just kind of out the window with everyone feeling a little confused. I confess I don’t mind it, although if every day were like that it might get to me. My phone changes automatically. My phone is the only time I ever trust. It’s the master timekeeper. I finally have all clocks in the kitchen with the same time. Now for the car!

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  9. I loved this post, Amy. I always love the extra hour in the fall, until the next day when it’s pitch-black dark at 5:30 and I’m leaving the office to come home! Having said that, there’s something very special about that first Sunday in November…

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. It always takes me at least a week to accept the change, physically and mentally. Mostly mental. All of a sudden, it gets dark really quick, doesn’t it? Then I just want to nest or something. It’s good reading book time.

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  10. I always loved setting my clock back an hour for that same reason, it was like getting the gift of an hour (although it was balanced out by the pain of losing an hour in the spring). In Korea, they don’t have Daylight Savings Time, so time never changes. I just have to remember when it happens, since I need to know how many hours ahead of you guys I am. I think I’m 17 hours ahead of you in your time zone now. 🙂

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    1. How confusing for you! It’s very unclear just where the time changes and doesn’t. I guess you don’t worry about it unless it affects you. Well, I’m sorry you didn’t get to experience the gift of time this year. I can celebrate it for if you like. 🙂 17 hours! That’s just bizarre to me.

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  11. I gotta be honest, I’m glad to get my hour back. However, I freak out because I usually have something important scheduled for the day the time changes and keep stressing out because I don’t wanna be early or late. I don’t trust the watches at home or my phone.
    But it’s really nice to get the hour they take from us in summer.

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    1. Leo, isn’t it nice? I can understand your stress, however. The clocks are just cuckoo for a while in my house, although it’s entirely my fault. It takes a bit of adjustment! The only time I trust is my smart phone because it’s automatic. That device has become entirely too important!

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  12. I think I could go for a 5 day time holiday at the end of the year, like Bumba said. I read an interesting article that was a study of circadian rhythms. If humans are put in an environment of no natural light, their day tends to go an hour longer each day until after a couple of weeks they are awake at night and sleeping during the daylight hours.

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    1. A real holiday, right, without all the fuss? Just a hang around holiday. I’m not sure how good I’d be at that, but I’m willing to give it my best shot! That’s fascinating about the circadian rhythms. I knew there was a reason I like the night. It’s just natural! We’re nocturnal after all and we’ve struggling against this natural rhythm. It makes sense to me. Thanks for your comments, Trinity Rivers.

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  13. What if we had more time in a day? That’s easy … just more time to take more on in order to remain behind. Meanwhile, a great post with a little of everything … and an opportunity to plug Time: The Musical because the next act is probably two weeks away.

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    1. Frank, I think you’re absolutely right. We would have more time to worry about how much MORE time we need. It’s never enough. Excellent about your Time: The Musical. I look forward to it. I also thought about your other post about Time that I liked so much!

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  14. Well described Amy. It’s a mind frack,this time thing. Babies are good fall sleepers until time change threatens chaos. Happily we adjusted quickly. Did you and your boys see the last Spy Kids movie. I think it was called Out of Time? A good movie and thought provoking for kids who have no idea about this whole concept.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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    1. I’m glad you adjusted quickly, Shalagh. It always takes me a few days. I’m not sure if my kids saw that one or not. Even if they saw it, they still do not have a concept of time, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, right? The time will come when they need to be obsessed with time soon enough. Hope things are going well for you.
      Love,
      Amy

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      1. Interestingly enough, Eamon has spoken with a “talking doctor” because he worries about time and how much sleep he’ll get. Per his suggestion, we took the clock out of his room. He still keeps asking what time it is. Well enough but it always pains us to see our guys stumble.
        Love,
        Shalagh

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      2. Shalagh, that is interesting about Eamon. Does he have a lot of stuff on his plate, a busy schedule, I wonder? I hope its just a phase he’s going through and that it will pass soon. Taking the clock out of his room sounds like the right thing to do.
        Love,
        Amy

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  15. Ah time. It has its own pace even though we like to think we captured it with the hours, minutes and seconds. I’m always happy when I have an extra hour, especially this year as my schedule is so hectic. I thought “ohh I have an extra hour to do my stuff!”…but then without realizing, I’m adjusted to it haha.

    I love how you put it to words!

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    1. Oh hi, TJ!!! It’s so great to see you here at my blog. I wonder how we’d function without hours and minutes. I think we would all survive eventually and adapt to a normal rhythm and it would probably be different for everyone. I think as soon as it starts getting dark at night really fast, the new time sets in a hurry.

      I stopped by your blog. I loved it!! I felt I was in a magical kingdom. I will be back.

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      1. Hello helloooo! It would definitely be different for everyone, but it’d be pretty interesting to see how people adapt if they allow themselves to, huh?

        Oh cool you visited me as well! And I love you felt like you were in a magical kingdom. That’s exactly what I want. Yay! You’re always welcome!

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