My husband is so funny. The other day while he was doing dishes, I asked him if he had the day off for Family Day. After a slow, ‘no…’ he paused and looked out the window for a moment. Then, without knowing if I was still behind him, (so, to no one in particular) he blurted out, “What the F$%* is Family Day?”.
I laughed from the hallway.
“Seriously,” he said, drying his hands, “Every day is Family Day, isn’t it?”
Family Day is a relatively new holiday (the first in Ontario was in 2008) so I think the confusion from my husband and other Canadians is that we don’t know what to do with it yet because we haven’t established any traditions. From the sound of it, it seems like we have to jump in the car and visit our parents and grandparents or find a way to keep the kids busy all day.
But my husband is right – we are a family, even if it is just the two of us and our beloved fur babies.
Personally, I love the fact that this holiday is wide open for making new traditions. It reminds me that the idea of family itself is the same. I don’t have to tell you that the idea of family nowadays can really mean anything you want – kids, no kids, lots of kids, step and half siblings, fur babies, reptile babies, whatever! I love that this holiday is a reminder of that and I’m grateful for my own crazy family that breaks all the norms.
Even though my husband will be working, I got to spend a nice Valentine’s Day with him yesterday, touring through the countryside and cuddling up on one of the coldest weekends of the year. Tonight I’ll be home to go for an extra-long walk with my fur babies and I’ll cuddle up with them for a Family Day movie night. I hope you too enjoy this extra holiday in February to celebrate your family, in all its shapes and forms.
How will you be spending your Family Day or President’s Day? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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