I have pretty much always been a very flexible person. I wouldn't describe myself as being completely go-with-the-flow, but I am generally pretty laid back...most of the time. My lovely daughter, however, has more of a tendency to be a type A person than myself. Meaning she can become very frustrated when things, including the time change, mess with her schedule...including her inner schedule. So, while Daylight Savings Time would leave me feeling a little off for a day or two it would make Rachel feel as if EVERYTHING was against her. Sigh. Like myself she would feel off, but in her mind that "off" feeling meant that she either forgot or was actually late for something. This would cause her to want to control even more and, at times, she would become a little too focused on things.
Watching my daughter's stress increase immediately following the time change didn't irritate me. It really angered me! As I would work with-and support-Rachel through these stressful times I would find myself asking, "Why are we still using Daylight Savings Time anyway?" In our modern world is this time change even effective anymore? I mean, are we really "saving" anything anymore by adhering to something that was first introduced by Woodrow Wilson during WWI and then was instituted year-round by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during WWII! Since there was little I felt I could do about it I would take a deep breath, encouraging Rachel to do the same, and we would rally on.
Now that my daughter is all grown up and on her own I no longer have that same ominous feeling that coincides with the appearance of Daylight Savings Time. However, watching the students walking into school an hour earlier than what their bodies had been used to was eye opening. I am certain I saw some other kiddos with the same issues with the time change that my Rachel had. May the force be with us all today!