Every other commercial, news outlet, sports program, and print advertisement told people that Mother’s Day was near. The date was given and the countdown was repeated. ‘Mother’s Day is in two weeks! Mother’s Day is next Sunday! Mother’s Day is tomorrow! Don’t forget about your mom!’ Could not enter a store without a sign giving date of Mother’s Day. You did not have the option of not knowing Mother’s Day was coming nor when it was.
Yes, Mother’s Day is a commercial holiday and a very lucrative one at that hence all of the commercialism. However, the sports casters, news reporters, radio personalities and the like all tooted about the importance of mothers and rarely did not have a story to share about how their mother impacted their life. The hype of the holiday was severely escalated.
Do not hear me wrong. I too am a mother. Celebrating mothers is important. It is a great day for many mothers who don’t regularly receive recognition to get some that day. However, the same should be done for Father’s Day as well.
But alas, Father’s Day came and went silently. Fourth of July favors and cook out gear were given more prominence than Father’s Day. Firework displays were up since mid May, right after Mother’s Day as a matter of fact, but not a peep about Father’s Day. One display. One display did I see in my local store about Father’s Day and that was only above a tower of Blu Ray discs that ‘Dad would love’. The same store had an entire section for the Fourth of July. What does that tell you?
Society has neglected the importance of Father’s. We ought not too. Society is going to do what it is going to do. We, those that know the importance of men in our lives, should celebrate the fathers on Father’s Day. You don’t have to be married with children nor have a good relationship with your own father to celebrate fathers on that day. Father’s are important. Period. The role of father is equally important with mothers. Celebrate the good fathers you know. If you don’t know any, don’t hate the day or minimize it. Every mother isn’t great yet she is “supposed” to get flowers.