Funny Friday: Lucas and the Daylight Saving Time Warp

Lisa Cherry —  April 1, 2011

Image courtesy of magicmarie

By Lisa Cherry

This year’s “spring forward” time change happened to coincide with our weekend trip to the Acquire the Fire event in Muncie, Indiana. Instead of flying, we drove to the conference, and our van was full with Kalyn, Adam, Lucas, Rebekah, Hannah, Micah, Matthew, and Josiah. We returned very late night on Saturday night—actually Sunday morning.  We started extra early, because we were losing an hour by traveling into the eastern time zone.

Adam and Lucas chauffeured us on our trip home, and I was so grateful that the rest of us could sleep. As we crossed the Illinois state line, we left the eastern time zone and came back into the central time zone. When we finally rolled into Carbondale, it would have been 2:00 a.m., but with the time change, it was 3:00 a.m. Perhaps that middle-of-the-night reentry was when Lucas’ trouble began.

The next same morning, I rallied the troops early for church after only 4½ hours in our beds. It had been a very short night, but they came to attention surprisingly quickly. Lucas and Rebekah headed out the door in his car.

Of course when we got to church, no one had changed the clocks, so they still showed the old time. This must have contributed to Lucas’ trouble.

The next significant interaction I had with Lucas came on Monday night. Doug and I were returning from our regular weekly date night and came across Lucas running down the main street of Carbondale. Weird, I know, but not unusual for a college distance runner. He is often seen running his insanely long daily miles at odd hours of the day or night.

We pulled up next to him at an intersection and rolled down the window for a quick chat. He laughed, jogging in place, and said, “I bet you’re the only parents who find their son out running in the rain at 10:45 p.m.!” We chuckled with him, but as we pulled away I noted the time in our car said 9:45 p.m. Well, I guess he plans on running for another hour before he comes home, I reasoned.

Tuesday afternoon I heard the front door slam as Lucas came in. He was on spring break, and I was delighted to see him at midday.

“Oh my goodness, Mom!” (Lucas always says this before he tells me a funny story) “You are not going to believe what I have done! I was just over at Dad’s office to do some work, and I noticed that the clocks had not been changed for daylight saving time. Actually, I had been noticing that hardly anyone anywhere had changed their clocks this year. I thought I would help them out and do it for them, so I reached up to take the clock off the wall.”

“One of the secretaries looked up from her desk and asked me what I was doing. I explained that I was helping them with the time change. They all looked at me funny, and told me they already had changed the clocks! That’s when it hit me, Mom. I have been operating on the wrong time for two whole days!”

“Everywhere I have gone, I have been irritated with people because everyone was late, or so I thought. Somehow my phone never updated with the time change. I was even getting replies by email that showed they were coming before the time I sent my original email, so I even went in and changed the time on my computer.”

“This is the most incredible example of how self-absorbed we can get. I was in la-la land, thinking that everyone else was off!”

Crazy, Lucas, crazy! But very good material for a blog post.

Lucas’ story reminds me of why I need the sure plumb line of God’s word to keep me on track. I could be operating in the sin/deception zone, thinking that my version of reality is right, when actually it’s not. What I need is the truth! John 8:32 says “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”