This might be the one and only time I thank the government for actually doing something right. Normally, I am just like many of my fellow Canadians… highly critical and with a sharp tongue about our country’s administrators.
But today, because I am sitting quietly in my bathrobe, with my very large cup of coffee sitting next to me and the house still silent….me likey the government!
Its Family Day and its Monday. Today, there isn’t the normal hussle and bussle of getting to work…getting the kids dressed, fed and out the door to school and there is hardly any traffic.
This is a relatively new holiday that our provincial government dudes decided would be a good thing to give us all a pause and to encourage us to spend more time with family and to recognize its importance.
Today, we are supposed to hang out as families and do activities as a family so that we remember just how important our family is.
No, I am not trying to be sarcastic. I for one, am going to have a ton of family today….which will include not only being at home with my lovely ladies…but will also be with my extended family celebrating my father’s 77th birthday. I will see my mother, sister and brother-in-law and nephews.
I then plan on returning home with my ladies only to continue the family day celebration by just hanging out with them. Nothing formal is planned…just the four of us inside the four walls of our house…chillin’ together.
When Family Day was first announced, many said that this was a silly and unnecessary holiday. Some people said it was a great mid-winter break to get us over the hump to the more formal March Break which is a week-long school holiday.
If I have to be critical of the government for anything, its that they have only devoted a single day in the year to encourage the concept of family and why is Family Day not recognized as a federal holiday (as it stands, only three provinces in Canada celebrate Family Day…how whacked-out is that?).
While I think family is the backbone of our society, it seems in recent times, that it has been taken for granted. It has been forced to take a back-seat to the pressures we as a society have placed on ourselves to accomplish a lot in not a lot of time. We spend far too many hours away from family..most of us at jobs that do not give as any remote level of satisfaction or pleasure. We then bolt from work to accomplish the more menial tasks of living (shopping, errands) and are under the gun to get home in time to rush together a dinner where in all probability not everyone represented in the family is sitting around the dinner table.
If we were able to pause more often, not beat ourselves up so much for not accomplishing everything on our daily “to-do” list, we might truly benefit from family. Family can provide support, nurturing, compassion, laughter and love. A strong family can lift you up and get you through all of the countless challenges that life can throw at you.
There might be some who say that family does none of that…and I suspect that those people have never given family a chance. Perhaps they come from broken homes or have had other negative experiences with their family. I would like to hypothesize that the members of these broken families never gave their family the attention and focus it deserved…this could be the reason why their family isn’t working. However, in other more extreme situations, the family was so beaten it was beyond repair and that is very sad.
So, enjoy your Family Day..spend it with your family. Love each other, experience each other’s uniqueness…and realize that all the support and love that you need, came often be found under your own roof.