This weekend Daylight Saving Time is being observed on November 4 at 2:00 a.m. Not every state or territory observes this tradition first mentioned by Ben Franklin and first implemented during the first World War.
Although not required by Federal Law, if a state or territory does observe Daylight Saving Time, the date has to be uniform.
The original idea was to save daylight hours. While there is some controversy about the effectiveness, most states do participate.
I always loved "falling behind" and gaining an hour. It felt like a gift. I find "springing ahead" in March, and losing an hour, more difficult to adjust to. What I do appreciate most all the time, however, is the reminder to change your smoke detector batteries on these dates.
Here is a list of the dates that Daylight Saving Time will be observed over the next few years:
2013: March 10 - November 3
2014: March 9 - November 2
2015: March 8 - November 1
So, change your smoke detector batteries - it's the safe thing to do. Run backwards or do a backward somersault or do a handspring forward. Teach a child about time - time to learn, play, exercise, eat right, sleep.
If you are in Arizona or Hawaii, Puerto Rico and some territories, you won't be changing your clock. If your state follows Daylight Savings Time though, don't forget, as I have, and go somewhere too early!