Commercialized Holidays

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Valentines Day, Mothers, Day,

Fathers Day, so many more.

What if we don’t get a Valentine or box of candy?

What if we don:t see all of our kids, or parents

or put flowers on their graves?

If we must have a special day to recognize those we love,

then our love is shallow and lacking.

If we do not recognize them on these “special days”.

We are not appreciative, thoughtless…

Think of those you love every day, tell them every day,

love them every day. All of your lives will be much richer.

Today, I did not eat with all my kids,

I put flowers on my mom’s grave and my then-15 year old sons.

Today, I stood in line to eat lunch with part of them,

my lonely father order food he didn’t want and didn’t eat.

Having a friend take a photo of my son and I with my flowers.

Or my son showing me bullfrog tadpoles, meant much more.

Remember how short time is and how much today means.

Take the little treasures and keep them, for soon they slip away.

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7 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    russtowne said,

    There is much wisdom and love in this post, beebee. And I feel the sadness for your lonely father, and for those who are no longer with you. Thank you for sharing these things with us.

    Russ

  2. 2

    Woolly Muses said,

    Could not agree more beebee. You should love those you love every day…..because tomorrow may never come.

  3. 3

    Sandra Bennett said,

    Oh, how true this is !!

  4. 4

    I really understand both viewpoints… beautiful sentiments ~ Thank you

  5. 5

    Kev said,

    I see your point. Pat and I always treat each other regardless of special occasion or not. However, we use the special occasions as an excuse to add to that and go a wee bit over the top sometimes. We make them work for us rather than us do something just because it is a special day. That’s why we always enjoy them.

  6. 6

    Perfect reminder to love those we have daily for tomorrow they could be gone. HUGS

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    simon7banks said,

    This was the thinking behind the Quaker rejection of all holy days, but realistically people are often helped by prompts (not “Remember God!” but, say, “Remember the story of St Alban” or “remember the birth of Jesus.”. That shouldn’t be so of remembering parents.

    The cult of secular special days is especially an American thing, but is spreading in Britain. Perhaps we need an annual Nothing Special Day.


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