No, I’m not doing this.
That was my response to the social media pressure to post photos of my three sons in honor of the new made-up holiday—National Sons Day— that had Facebook and Instagram ablaze over the weekend. I can admit that I was tempted—but I decided to take a stand against all these new days, especially the ones that give us homework so that we can prove that we really do love our kids. I mean, it was bad enough when people started posting on Facebook “like and share if you love your kids.” Now they get their own day?
Many of us spent the latter part of last week looking at a lovely and seemingly never ending avalanche of pictures of people’s daughters because Facebook had told the universe that it was National Daughters’ Day. What in fresh hell is National Daughters Day? And since when it is even a thing?
That answer appears to be 2013, with the launch of the National Day Calendar—it is not run by any federal agency. A savvy entrepreneur started it with National Popcorn Day and now, six years later, it boasts nearly 1,500 national days. In fact, National Daughters Day was also National Cooking Day, National Lobster Day, National Comic Book Day and National Better Breakfast Day.
Most of these days are applied for by advocacy groups looking to raise awareness about an issue or from regular people just looking to have some fun—they apply and pay to get “their” days onto the National Day Calendar.
National Sons Day is also National Bunny Day, National Drink Beer Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day, National Neighbor Day, National Public Lands Day and World Rabies Day. (Although the National Day Archives has National Sons Day as March 4th.)
Now, don’t get me wrong—a part of me really enjoyed National Daughters Day, especially since I don’t have any daughters of my own. But I didn’t like seeing mothers publicly apologizing and expressing guilt because they had failed to post pictures of their girls before the stroke of midnight on this made up day that had moms—and maybe some dads—suddenly feeling like they had an obligation to dig through photos and post the good ones.
One of the inevitable truths I have come to laugh about on Mother’s and Father’s Day is that kids will inevitably ask, “hey, when is kids’ day?” and we parents, from far and wide, will respond in unison, “every day is kids’ day!”
But now because of some smart entrepreneur, the little devils actually have their own (fake) days. Well, not in my house, they don’t. I’m not playing this game. And while I realize I’m being unnecessarily contrarian and perhaps even a bit of a fake holiday grinch, I’m ok with that.
Lucky for me, October 14th is National Grouch Day.