“Well, we can get off Roosevelt’s time and go back to God’s time,” my step-father would say every fall. Bob Gordin never liked Daylight Savings Time. He was born in 1922, grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. He knew that change was inevitable but not always necessary. Daylight Savings Time to him was no necessity.
I enjoy Daylight Savings Time. While I know that the amount of daylight does not actually increase because of it, it is nice to have when the clock tells me it is later. Bob and I had gentleman’s agreement to disagree about Daylight Savings Time, as we did about Amtrak, Elvis Presley’s talent and eating oysters.
While I will miss Daylight Savings time for a few months, the fact that it goes away during autumn is comforting to me. The colors of fall seem to make skies bluer, perhaps as a consolation for winter weather that will be with us before long. Fall is the time of year when I fell in love with bluegrass music during my first semester as a college student. And now, it is nice to see leaves finally beginning to change in Nashville, especially after the hot and cool autumn we have had this year. It is my hope that you will enjoy these pictures snapped recently in Middle Tennessee.
And were he alive to celebrate the departure of “Roosevelt’s time” again in 2013, I think Bob would agree with me that we all live in “God’s time,” year-round, when it comes right down to it.
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Text and photos copyright 2013 by Les Kerr.