It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Oh, the irony

No post today because it’s a holiday here in Ontario! First ever holiday Monday in February, declared last October by the provincial government: Family Day. Let’s hear it for Family Day, the day families get to enjoy just Being Together!! Emma and I have a lovely day of shopping and coffee shops planned, culiminating in a girly-bonding eyebrow waxing. Too fun! So I’ll see you tomorrow, and maybe you’ll get to hear all about our Day Together.

That is the post I WISH I were writing.

See, Family Day was instated after the contracts were all signed last year, so it’s not included in my list of stat holidays. Which is why three of my five families decided to celebrate their Family Day by … sending their children to daycare.

Boooo …

February 18, 2008 - Posted by | holidays, parents, the dark side


  1. That is outrageously hilarious and ironic. Did the parents not get the day off? I’ve heard there’s been only a 60% rate for people actually getting the holiday.

    Honestly, if I had a family here, I’d for sure do something with them.

    Of course, in Manitoba it’s Louis Riel day. ‘Cus Manitoba was founded by him. So that’s nice, and vaguely less hallmark-y.

    Lots of people are in the same position as I am: their contracts (in their case, negotiated by unions) don’t yet include it. Neither my husband nor I got the day off, but in these families, at least one if not both parents did indeed get the day. So, yeah, heavy on the irony. I’d laugh harder if it were happening to someone else … snort.

    I heard about the Louis Riel day on the CBC this morning. Someone was saying how Riel predicted that one day he’d be seen as a (the?) founder of Manitoba, and that this seems to suggest it’s actually happening. I like historical holidays: heritage is better than hallmark. Good for Manitoba!

    Comment by Joel | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  2. It’s Presidents’ Day in the USA, established whenever it was decided that Lincoln (2/12) and Washington (2/22) couldn’t have their birthdays to themselves anymore.

    Kids at daycare on “Family Day” is textbook irony. At least you didn’t have ALL of them…

    The families who didn’t send their tots have other children at home, which implies one of two things: 1) having more children, their units are more kid-centric, and/or they’re just more used to doing stuff with kids about; 2) since they were stuck with one or two kids anyway, what’s the point of sending one to daycare?

    Comment by Florinda | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  3. That seems like a nice holiday idea–much better than the annoying mothers’ and fathers’ days here in the US. Just lump it together and get a day off instead of taking up a Sunday and forced brunch and all that.

    Not quite. We still have Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June. And we’ll see how long it takes people to start complaining about that same “forcedness” about this one too! Heh. The other two aren’t days off, though.

    Comment by Bridgett | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  4. What a wonderful idea — wish we had a “family day” in the states, but we’re not very family oriented here. Color me stupid, but why would your families not want their kids with them to be together on family day? Odd.

    Comment by midlife mommy | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. Some people had FAMILY DAY OFF and still sent their kids to you??

    Mary, I think you need to fill your day care with the children of your regular blog readers! (Not that we could afford you, of course. 🙂 And you ARE a little far away for most of us … )

    That’s very kind, but you know what? I’m probably a better fantasy caregiver than one in reality. Most things are better in fantasy, after all. I doubt I could live up to the dream. And, oh, the *pressure*!!

    Comment by BookMama | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  6. I could care less what they call it, it’s just wonderful that Canada finally has a holiday in the long stretch between New Years Day and Easter 🙂

    We sort of got the holiday this year. Our offices closed, but we have 2 floater holidays that are sometimes assigned by the company to specific days. This year one of them was yesterday.

    Exactly! It’s about time! The longest, dreariest stretch of the year. If there was a time that cried out for a break, February is IT.

    Comment by Monica | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  7. Family Day sounds like a wonderful idea. I mean we have Mother’s and Father’s Day here in the States but no time off for them.
    Of course, I work for a hospital so that usually means that I still would have to work. They only let us skate on major holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgivning and even then someone from the lab is on call.

    We have those too, and, like you, no day off for either of them. Yup, being an “essential service” has its drawbacks! Happily for me, I am not one.

    Comment by Dani | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  8. It’s all about prepositions:


    1) a day off FOR the family (to be together and enjoy each other)

    2) a day off FROM the family.

    Clearly, you takes your pick.

    Ha! You’re absolutely, totally, completely correct. I love this.

    Comment by addofio | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  9. ha. There are most certainly parents who didn’t get the day off – stores were open, by and large – but our daycare and school and library were all closed, so we all got the long weekend together. Which was nice.

    Comment by kittenpie | February 20, 2008 | Reply

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