Whither Family Day


Happy Family Day holiday if you’re from a jurisdiction that celebrates it.

Or is it such a happy day?  It certainly was chosen well in the middle of winter to give an extra day of sunlight for those who go to work in the dark and return in the same.

I was fortunate, as a teacher, to have this as a recognized holiday.  Some school districts also negotiate for a professional day on the Friday to make for a four day stretch of no students in class.  My wife, being employed in an essential service, didn’t always have the day to spend with us.

This morning, I happened on this story What’s open and closed this Family Day outlining openings and closing in Toronto.  And, in Windsor Family Day: What’s open, what’s closed in Windsor.

That sort of shoots down the theory that this is a holiday.  In fact, it’s only a holiday for some.  When you think about it, many of these places will be open and operated by secondary school students and others making goodness knows how little.  On top of that, add the essential services – police, firefighters, nurses, heath care providers, snow plough drivers if it snows, etc.  Then there are the homeless; I don’t think that you’ll find them taking a day to be with family.  In addition, there will be those that have negotiated with their employer for a different day.

What does family mean anymore?  In this day and age, it’s hardly a consistent mother, father, 2.4 children, and a dog.  You know all the various permutations because, as an educator, you see them all enter your classroom daily.

And, they’ll be back on Tuesday.

Just like the return from the winter holidays, it’s important to recognize that not everyone will have had the wonderful “Family Day” that was the original goal of the holiday.  In fact, the return to your classroom may be the best thing to happen to them since last week.

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