What If A Day Was 17 Hours Instead of 24?

My son is obsessed with space. I read the same space book to him every day. Sometimes 3 times a day. I’ve read some of the pages so many times, I’ve memorized parts of it. Which, unfortunately, leaves my mind to wander away. Hey, come back…

It’s because of this obsession that I’ve previously asked about aliens. But now I’ve been reading about Uranus over and over. He has a fascination with the rings of Saturn and Uranus.

A day on Uranus is 17 hours. We are lucky to have 24. But, like many moms, I could use an extra hour. The 24 that we have seems so short. There’s so much to do, and that doesn’t even count sleep. Oh, the things I could do with a 25th hour! I can actually get around to reading. Or figuring out social media for this blog. Or organize toys. Or prep for dinner tomorrow. Or take a nap.

And then I read about Uranus having 17 hours in a day. Wow, that’s short! It makes me feel better about having 24.

What could you do in a 17 hour day? Let’s see, if you sleep 8 hours, that leaves 9 hours to eat, get dressed, go to work/school, commute, spend time with family and friends. And if you work more than 8 hours a day, well, you’re kind of screwed, sorry. But, if you sleep 5 hours, you get a 12 hour day, which feels like a lot more time to get things done, but it’s only 5 hours of sleep! And if you have a baby who wakes every 1-2 hours (my kids for their entire infancies), you’re really not sleeping. At all.

So, thinking of that, it makes me grateful for the 24 hours we get. I’ll still want that 25th hour, but then I’ll try to remember Uranus.

Thank you for 24 beautiful hours, Earth!


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