Today is Father’s Day.
In our family, I resolutely discourage celebration of Father’s Day, seeing it as a purely marketing gimmick to get people to buy useless stuff. I have said this so strongly that my children know not to give me a gift or even send a card and that it is perfectly fine by me if they forget it altogether and not even wish me on the phone, since I too usually forget it until I read the newspaper comics for that day, since some cartoonists use it as a theme, often in sappy ways.
But I know that the advertising people have been so successful in their campaign to make this day seem significant that some people get quite upset if their children forget to acknowledge it. I suspect that Mother’s Day carries with it even more emotional freight.
This 2002 column by humorist Dave Barry captures perfectly my feelings on this topic.