Spring forward!

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Owen takes this directive seriously.  When the clocks change and Mom begins to drag him from bed an hour earlier, it unsettles him (I think) and he responds by waking even another hour earlier.

At 5am (formerly known as 4) he can be found in the hallway, in the bathroom, in the kitchen rattling through the recycle bin.


Someone told me once that if I asked “why?” there would always be someone else wondering the same thing, who would be glad I did.  No such thing as a stupid question.  I doubt this.

As the weeks march on into spring, the birds waken earlier, presumably to keep Owen and me company. The mice make noises in the walls that I didn’t hear before – or do they?  Do I imagine it? what IS that sound?  I find myself jumping from the bed covers and standing poised in the darkened hallway about oh 4:30 or so, straining for the sound that woke me.  As if I had become one of the crazy aunts James Thurber writes of in My Life and Hard Times –-  Hark!” 

Luckily Edward sleeps pretty much like one of Thurber’s uncles, rumbling along peacefully under the soothing influence of the sleep apnea machine. Am I waking because Owen is awake?  Are we that psychically connected?  Or am I waking him up – because we are psychically connected??

Are we psychically connected?

 Springing forward with the tweeting birds and chewing mice (squirrels? bats?) and wandering Owen leaves me rattled at this time of year.  Luckily I can and do visit my doctor for some gentle homeopathic remedy to break the cycle of madness.  I will be able to sleep again, and so will Owen.  We will adjust. But – wouldn’t it be easier if we left the clocks alone?

I do seem prone to these sorts of questions.

Instead, our government intervenes, changing the time of Owen’s meals, changing his rising time, his sleeping time, and therefore his body chemistry and digestive patterns.  And, because they cannot understand why it works, it appears they may now prevent our access to the homeopathy, this gentle energy medicine that helps him cope with their intervention, and helps us to cope with him.

Spring forward indeed!


4 thoughts on “Spring forward!

  1. jannazuber April 14, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    woa – what is the reference to homeopathy and government intervention about? Am I clueless here?


    • wystansimons April 15, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      On April 20,21 the FDA will hold a hearing in Silver Spring MD to determine the future of homeopathy. Reports of bad results from use of homeopathic products have caused this to come to the FDA’s attention – although the products have tested as ciphers in all formal medical testing carried out thus far. One problem is that it has become common for “natural” drug companies to combine several remedies in one bottle, and add it to other substances, vitamins, herbs, etc. Until now these substances (herbs, vitamins, homeopathic products too) have been considered a cipher – harmless, a net zero — and are not regulated, as you know.
      My practitioner feels these medicines should be regulated. He has known laypeople to take them carelessly, without research, or take them for too long, and do harm to themselves. He has seen rather bad results, and weird results. Anything that has power can be good or bad. So — I guess they can’t be considered a cipher in that case. hmmm!
      Those people wishing to make a presence for homeopathic products on April 20-21 can get permission to appear by emailing this address: CDER HOMEOPATHIC PRODUCTS
      CDERhomeopathicproducts@fda.hhs.gov or call Cynthia at 301-796-7512


  2. Mike Gladish April 16, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    Enjoyed this article. And like you I just hate the time change. Are we psychically connected? Or are we just normal human beings who don’t understand messing with our illusions of time?


    • wystansimons April 20, 2015 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks. Good questions! I am sure that some people are connected to each other in inexplicable ways. And I am very sure that I barely have a handle on time, or its illusions.


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