Mother’s, Valentines, April Fools: Too many special days make for no special days
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I quite like April Fool's Day. It's an excuse for fake news – Donald's favourite – and writing an April Fool's Day story has always been a fun thing for journalists to do.
I remember once suggesting that we run a story saying that Felixstowe was planning to use an ancient law to cede from the United Kingdom and recreate itself as a sort of Monaco of the Suffolk Riviera.
I think we plumped for one about hippos being spotted in the Orwell thanks to global warning instead.
But April Fool's Day isn't the only special day the year has to offer.
According to my research, there are all sorts of days we can celebrate and not just by playing pranks.
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This week for instance it is Flatmates' Day, Tuberculosis Day and Chocolate Covered Raisins Day on Friday alone.
Next week, on Monday for example it is not only Spanish Paella Day but also Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, which I assume celebrates 'A Boy Named Sue' and 'I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life'.
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Don't forget International Whiskey Day as well, which must be, at the very least, an excuse for a drink. (For some, I suspect, it is International Whiskey Day a little more regularly).
But anyway, the array of special days has now become so bewildering that we clearly run the risk of leaving no day special at all.
Indeed, constant creation of more and more days to forget or to remember things isn't particularly helpful, I can't help but think.
I don't even send Christmas cards – it's not as if anyone needs reminding that it is Christmas in December, is it?
Valentine's Day, which we have just passed, is ok if you aren't single or actually like your partner. But otherwise, it's a day most people would prefer to forget.
Of course, it is Mother's Day this Sunday, and what used to be Mothering Sunday has grown into yet another marketing ploy which at its heart validates the view that having children is the only thing in the world that makes our lives worthwhile, creating the distorted view that not having children somehow means you are second class citizen.
Well it's not true, and why not celebrate instead, or as well,
those of us who don't have children?
We are doing far more for the future of the planet's environment than any parent.
And why not spare a thought for those women – one in five – who don't have children and want them.
They aren't second class citizens either.
It does seem odd to me, for example, that we are forced to recycle – I am a single man with three wheelie bins for goodness sake – yet there are no incentives, tax or otherwise, not to have children and help save and sustain the planet for future generations.
Just a thought.
Having said that I'm mightily glad that my mother had me and I'd like to thing there are others who feel the same way.
I might even get her a card.
What do you think about Mother's Day or any other day? Email James at firstname.lastname@example.org