Twenty-Five-Hour Day

I’ve written about this before.  After Christmas Eve, this is my favourite day of the year.  I look forward to it for weeks and, the night before, I go to sleep cradled by the joy of genuine hope and anticipation, my head brimming with projects, intentions and promises to myself.  It’s my once-a-year opportunity for a fresh start and I mustn’t waste it.  I just put all my clocks back by an hour just before going to bed and the following morning, like in a magic spell worthy of Harry Potter, I get a 25-hour day.  Think about it, it’s not the summer solstice that’s the longest day of the year; it’s the day British Summer Time ends.  Yes, I know, technically speaking, the extra hour isn’t a gift; it’s no more that a fair refund for the hour the authorities stole from us eight months earlier, but on this day I am willing to forgive them that first week I spend grouchy and disorientated. Because, strangely, I’ve never had jet-lag but that first week after the clocks go forward in the spring always throws me. I resent it.

Needless to say, I don’t use this precious extra hour on sleep. It’s my miracle hour, a  fleeting window of opportunity when I can do anything and anything can happen. Like a banknote you unexpectedly find in the house and allows you to buy something you hadn’t budgeted for.  A treat.  

An extra hour pregnant with possibilities, like a blank cheque waiting for you to write, inserting any figure you like. A gift.

Scribe Doll

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11 Responses to Twenty-Five-Hour Day

  1. Geri Lawhon says:

    I would have like the extra hour, but my dog never learned to tell time. Great post.

  2. Yes, the post topic for next week should be what you did with your hour. i stay up all night sometimes several (non-consecutive) nights a month in an effort to steal extra hours, but that usually ends with me taking naps the next day, which sort of defeats the purpose. Have a great day!

  3. I am also in the minority- I detest Daylight Savings Time and love the change back to reflect the natural rhythms of the Earth as she tilts on her axis. Everything feels as if it’s been set “right” again. The US should have set the clocks back this weekend, but they added an extra week of DST a few years ago. I am looking forward to my 25 hour Sunday!

  4. A novel way to deal with the ghostly hour 🙂

  5. evanatiello says:

    Sweet dreams! Can’t wait to see how you used your hour!

  6. sammee44 says:

    It seems this is universal as Canada will be moving their clocks back an hour too—this is absolutely brilliant looking at this “extra” hour as a gift of time.

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