Just a mere six years ago, we Hoosiers had it good. We didn't worry one iota about daylight savings time. We left our clocks alone. Our children slept. We slept, and didn't oversleep or under sleep. Life was simple, and I was happy.
Then came Governor Mitch Daniels. Promoting economic development means changing to daylight savings time, he declared. People listened, and daylight savings time landed in Indiana in 2006.
For the last five years, I've been holding a grudge. I'm not a fan, and I can safely say most of my friends with little ones agree. Does Governor Daniels understand how hard it is to get children to sleep? Has he ever tried to coordinate multiple children's naps just to get one moment of peace and quiet? Has he ever tried to explain to a six year old why they need to go to bed at what seems like 6:30 p.m.? Has he tried to wake a child up for school in what feels like 5:30 a.m.?
I can be assured that Governor Daniels never had an Asperger's child, because he'd realize Asperger's children find comfort in routine. When their cozy schedules get shifted an hour, it's as if life is crashing down. Caleb certainly reacted that way. He was unglued this morning, insisting that time was different. He doubted us. He argued with us. He finally reneged, but he looked worn and confused.
So, I'm crossing my fingers Indiana will return to simple. Wouldn't that be easier?