Good morning. It is 6:54 a.m. The sun has kicked back the covers. Ready to clock in for the day.
Sausage and biscuits are on stoves in Lower Bolingbroke. Folks in Marshallville are making coffee.
Some of you are still in the snooze zone, and thats OK. I will try not to disturb your biological alarm clocks.
Today comes bearing a gift. We have been rewarded with one extra hour to read the newspaper, wash the dog, go to church, watch football on TV, put up the Halloween decorations or stalk our friends on Facebook.
When the time snatchers took away our 60 minutes in the spring, we once again cursed their motives. At least it came with a return policy after eight months. We should be grateful. Not everyone who borrows something remembers to give it back.
An 80-year-old Mississippi man named Harry Weathersby Stamps died on March 9. He was one of those unforgettable small-town characters who became famous after his daughter wrote his obituary and it went viral on the Internet. The 700-word obit ended with these lines:
He particularly hated Daylight Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devils Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest. Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Daylight Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lords Time.
I havent decided on how to spend my extra 3,600 seconds. I may take a nap, go hug my Mama or get in some porch swing time with Delinda. Or all of the above.
I asked a few folks to give it some thought, too.
With two little ones in the house, Luke Goddard figures he will already be awake and among the early risers in Macon this morning.
The babies wont know about that extra hour and will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m., he said. So Ill spend that extra hour with them -- playing doll house with Lennox and making funny faces at Baby Hines.
Julie McAfee of Macon also has young children. But she is saving her bonus hour token for tonight.
I will celebrate the extra hour at the end of the day, she said. When it is the girls bedtime, I will tell them I am letting them stay up an hour later and be a hero!
Raymond Tubb, a local real estate agent and news anchor at WGXA-TV, expects to be raking the yard and searching for batteries this afternoon.
Falling back is an ongoing thing for the leaves in my yard, he said. Ill also be looking for those square (9-volt) batteries for the smoke detector. They say this is a good time to change them, but I never can find those square batteries when I need them. If Im lucky, Ill have a little more than 20 minutes left to watch a classic episode of Gilligans Island with my 11-year-old son, Nick. There is nothing like some extra serious father-son time doing something we both enjoy.
Macons Mike Kaplan is going to spend his spare hour looking at photographs and videos of his granddaughter, Letty, and doing some armchair quarterbacking after Saturdays Georgia-Florida game.
I could take that extra hour and clean out my linen closet. I really need to do that, said Amanda Upshaw of Macon.
I could also take that extra hour and organize my study. I need to do that, too. But I wont. I will most likely enjoy a more leisurely cup of coffee over The Telegraph and savor every second of that extra hour.
(Amanda gets extra credit for being a loyal newspaper reader.)
At my age, the hour will seem like 45 minutes, which I will spend looking for my watch to turn back the hands, said Scott Thompson of Dublin.
Peggy Herbert of Fort Valley will go for a stroll and jog her memory.
The first thing Ill do in the early morning is jump start my walking plan again and, in the afternoon, maybe rediscover my kitchen by making a pot of soup to share with a friend, she said. Then she laughed. The trick is Ill have to read the column early to remember what Im doing.
OK, its time to plan your surplus hour.
Do a good deed. Go fishing. Take a bubble bath. Have an extra cookie.
Dont count the minutes. Make the minutes count.
Reach Gris at 744-4275 or firstname.lastname@example.org