Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

As the poster boy of the "all days are the same" movement, this Father's Day forces me to nuance my position. OK, maybe there should be a distinction between days, but I will not let the holiday or commercial calendar rule my emotional life.

As for birthdays and anniversaries, it would be great if all our days were a celebration. Sounds immature? Yes, but consistent, and a good excuse for us who don't excel at remembering dates, and don't even remember to check.

Now seasons are not all the same. One boy and his suitcases drove back from college, the younger boy sleeps late and works on his juggling instead of some homework. 'Tis the season for our gypsy girl to go travel a bit. June days are long and there is the World Cup on HDTV, which is almost like being there, only better.

Spare me this Father's Day nonsense, I'll take the NorCal summer as "Father's Season", any day.


Pablo said...

I actually like "The day of X" and "The day of y". Not in the sense that you have to buy something or feel something, that is certainly ridiculous, but in the sense that you DO something different. Special days offer reference points in an otherwise seamless sheet of time. They're like punctuation: they have no meaning by themselves, but they help create the meaning of the text.

Ariel said...

I may have to memorize your birthday then... BTW, the most read book ever had no punctuation until the 8th century or so, and its current punctuation possesses no authority on the meaning of the text.

Pablo said...

7th century bible is a pretty good example of a punctuationless text, maybe that's why its Greek translators came up with 70 different possible translations. And according to my bible teachers, the division into verses is quite meaningful.

BTW, I suck at memorizing dates too, so I won't hold it against you if you forget my birthday.