New Brunswick — It’s that time of year again, as your phone has likely alerted you, yesterday was “spring forward,” meaning we lost yet another hour to daylight saving time. While there has been increased opposition to the practice in recent years, most people have met the occasion in 2021 with a resigned shrug.
“I don’t know, man,” said 28-year-old Arnold Vautour. “This year, I haven’t been ‘sleeping’ so much as taking long naps at random intervals. I just found out yesterday that it is no longer January. Did we even have a March Break?…Was it fun?”
Families, too, say that the time change has had little impact on their daily activities. Marisa Garrett, mother to nine-year-old Samantha, says that since the quarantine they have been increasingly “lax” about bedtimes.
“I mean, who cares if she’s in bed at eight, or if she’s in bed at three. What difference does it make? All she has to do in a day is sign into Zoom for her school each morning…at least, I think she still does that.”
She turned her head to yell upstairs.
“HEY SAM? SAM? SAMANTHA? ARE YOU STILL DOING THAT REMOTE LEARNING THING?”
A brief pause.
“….Yeah,” came the eventual reply.
“Apparently she’s still going to school, so that’s good. Parenting accomplished,” said Garrett, raising her glass of rum and Coke. “Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere…Maybe even here! In any case, here’s mud in your eye.”