Uphill battle to reprogram the children
RING out the bells – daylight saving is almost here!
Don’t forget to put your clocks forward. Or is it back? Best not to trust me on this one – I’m never entirely sure.
Avoid making important appointments for Sunday morning, just to be safe.
Let’s go with clocks forward. Admittedly you lose an hour between 2am and 3am – but, lo, you “gain” an extra hour of glorious light at the end of the day.
And that’s an extra hour of fruitless effort convincing the children it really is time to go to bed. “But it’s still light!” they protest – pointing at the 7.30pm sunshine blazing into their bedrooms.
Next morning you can’t get the little blighters up.
“But it’s still dark!” they protest – despite the 6000watt light bulb you’ve installed to re-create the conditions of a daybreak.
Little children look bewildered at this off-kilter turn of events for a few days – why, mummy, why?! – but eventually they just adjust.
Older kids demand a scientific explanation of daylight saving and why days and nights get shorter or longer.
Apparently the idea of daylight saving was first thought of by Benjamin Franklin, the American founding father, scientist and prolific inventor, among other worthy pastimes.
We can also thank him for the urinary catheter, bifocal glasses, the lightning rod and flippers – but sadly he never applied his ginormous brain to a machine for getting youngsters to bed when it’s still light at 9pm.