Here’s my prediction. Ready? Father’s Day and Mother’s Day will be eradicated and commingled into one generic “Parent’s Day” within the next ten years as a nod to sensitivity. It’ll be like what happened to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington’s birthdays becoming a generic “President’s Day.” But for crazy different reasons.
I thought of this because of an article I just read by Abby Bergman, a frequent writer for HuffPo Teen. The high schooler seems to write about her two Moms often. In her latest she complains that having two mommies makes Father’s Day awkward. And as we know, kids feeling momentarily awkward was enough of a catastrophic event to have prayer drummed out of public schools and government buildings so it’s definitely enough for Father’s Day.
Although my school was the epitome of an inclusive environment, I still found myself feeling somewhat left out whenever my elementary school teacher would break out the craft supplies and announce we would be making gifts for our dads.
Go back to this week nine years ago and I am a carefree second grader with no concept of prejudice. The teacher announces that we are stopping our reading lesson early to work on Father’s day projects. I unabashedly rush up to the teacher to remind her that since I do not have a dad, I cannot make a gift. Without missing a beat, my teacher tells me that I should still make a card and then just give it to a different man in my family.
So to avoid such horrors in the future, Abby Bergman’s brilliant solution is…to do away with Father’s Day.
Can you imagine the hubris of having an awkward moment in second grade and because of that recommending doing away with a national holiday?
I don’t deny that we need a day to recognize our parents — maybe even more than one. But in our modern society shouldn’t we be able to celebrate a holiday that includes everyone? Families come in all shapes and sizes. According to All Children Matter, only 22 percent of households consist of married heterosexual couples raising children together. So instead of one day where we feel pressured by society (and Hallmark) to recognize a parent of a particular gender, how about if we all use every day to thank and honor all of our parents.
This is happening. Any takers on ten years? Over? Under?
June 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm
By the way, I suspect that once this girl gets a little older, learns about the biology of human reproduction, and starts questioning her parental indoctrination, she may not be quite as enthusiastic about having "two mommies." She may also have some pretty serious psychological issues.
June 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm
The teacher should have told her that she does have a Dad. Somewhere out there is a man who gave her half her DNA.
June 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm
Great news for Abby: she has 1 father and 1 mother!
June 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm
Hey, little miss,
Should have made a craft, designated the "MIA Biological Parent Project"!
Your very existence may be, in truth, attributed to him!
Come on, young lady. Be "honest" and give credit where credit is due!
The prejudice already coming out of your mouth!
June 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm
June 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm
Under. The Sensitivity Stasi will intervene ASAP. Gaia forbid anyone should have an awkward moment.
Life must be awkward-proofed at all costs, even if that means sacrificing a previously- unobjectionable celebration of fatherhood.
I might be wrong, but I'm sure there were plenty of broken homes and deadbeat and otherwise absent fathers around when the holiday was instituted. It wasn't intended as a stick in the eye to those sad situations, but rather a celebration of the importance of fathers. And only those bent on being offended took it as a deliberate stick in the eye.
But when two lesbians have kids–goodness, we have to jettison the whole thing altogether. And so we shall–in the name of "inclusivity."
June 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm
1. i predict 2 years at most. the rate of change in these areas is too fast to undestand what the impact will be.
2. i wish happy Father's Day to all men i know are dads. i am not limited to the one who provided the genetic material. sounds like the girl didnt know how to react. the teacher handled it well. move on. the homosexual activists will have to realize the other side of their `rights` being anointed by government. that is the fact, not every situation must be perfectly aligned with a person. not every part of my day is people praising my specific situation. awkwardness is a part of life. if you dont believe me, just look at how foisting gay marriage and random family arrangements is making the rest of us feel. awkward.