Bed in Summer
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
-by Robert Louis Stevenson
Oh the exhaustion of putting children to bed in the daylight! I used to think daylight savings was pretty fun–until I had children. I love the warmer months, so having an extra hour of daylight to ride my bike or just be outside, was always thrilling. Now that I have children, however, it just means an extra hour before bedtime! I think blackout curtains are a genius product but they aren’t a cure all for the later evenings. I’ve decided to be more relaxed about it this year. As the weather gets warmer, I will plan evening picnics or walks to wear the children out instead of forcing bedtime. Happy daylight savings! Bring on the summer!