I have noticed that one good thing with travelling across time zones is that there is a good chance to change bad habits! 😀
I agree completely with the Swedish saying ”Morgonstund har guld i mund”
Generally I do get up in the morning and start my day, but I’m not really awake…Here, six hours after my regular time zone, I have decided to get up whenever I feel alert, although it’s not ”six o’clock” as usual… Today the hour I woke up was 5.30 and I didn’t mind!
Yesterday night when I accidently woke up in the middle of the night, I got a snapchat from one of my daughters. I replied…although I was tired, saying ”it’s in the middle of the night!” HER snapchat was a very alert and neat pic of herself and her friend singing and playing the guitar at school and I thought: ”Oh, NO! Not NOW! I’m TIRED!” …but it also made me aware of the wonder of TIME.
I’d say TIME is a phenomenon human beings invented. My host HERE would say ”We (the AMERICANS) invented time!” … And honestly, since time flies, I don’t have time to do my homework and find out for real who ”invented” what we all refer to as time.
I do however enjoy the many aspects of time that make a life worth living. What if we never had any sunsets? What if you couldn’t wake up an early morning in late May in Sweden go and get your Dalademokraten, and have a cup of coffee outdoors while letting the sun warm your face. What if you couldn’t catch a flight to the USA and try to leave the sunrise behind you? There is however one thing I don’t appreciate about the way WE adjust to time. I understand why we all need to do the daylights saving change of time but having said that, I must admit I’m probably the most tired person on earth when we change all our clocks in the spring. I am probably also the luckiest person next weekend when I get my reward for struggling every morning for several months. Kronblom might be TOO lazy, but he is for sure the caracter I think of, connected to the words ”lazy” or ”relax”.
Here, during my visit in NJ, I have noticed that I do have a serious chance to give myself the treat of feeling alert at five in the morning! That’s amazing and I love the calm and relaxed morning I get in return for getting up early.
The lunch break in Sweden is up, but here we haven’t yet started our day. When I get back from school this evening, my Swedish friends will be on their way to bed… I can now see why there is a slight problem finding decent hours to chat online with a person from another part of the world. Being here is being ”right in the middle of things” when it’s a decent hour on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean… I’d better keep that in mind when I get back home to Sweden again! It has been said many times in Latin, not quite as many in Swedish, but it is an important thing to remember:
No, I would not say we Americans invented time, but that we created jet lag. I do hope you explain to your readers one day why we joke about the ”invention” thing, so they don’t think I’m a complete idiot. But I bet you’d agree we Americans can act like crazy people at times!
Of course! Being crazy is a GOOD thing sometimes…
So many things can be said about the invention jokes we share, but as I remember it (correct me if I’m wrong!), we went to the Swedish Museum in Philadelphia and there in their display was a mini-version of a Swedish log cabin, built in the traditional Swedish way and painted with ”Falu rödfärg” which is an old type of colour with its origin in Falun. Beside the displayed log cabin, it was possible to read about such a log cabin, placed here in New Jersey and built by Swedes. One could also read on the sign beside the little log cabin that this was the first log cabin in America. I then said that we have many such cabins in Sweden and those cabins are much older. You then said; ”It can’t be, because we Americans invented the log cabin!”
I appreciate your humour now as I did then, but you are right in the fact that others may not know what we joke about. I am sorry if I offended you in any way.