Monday, 19 June 2017

Those dreaded Days

As mentioned last month, I was in Iceland for Mother’s Day, and never saw any advertising or any mention of it (I think that I’d have figured out what it was, despite the language barrier), which was a refreshing change. Besides, I had rather more to worry about that day, because there was a close and rather violent encounter between some Icelandic rocks and sand and my face. (I’m fine now, though I did have some technicolour cuts and bruises and black eyes for about a week.)

There was, of course, the usual onslaught on social media, as there is today for Father’s Day, where the curse of social media is that people seem to place importance on being seen to recognise their parents or partners. I will admit that I was a bit fed up that my normal feeds this morning were clogged up with northern hemisphere people cheerfully wishing their fathers or husbands a good day, and even resented* those people who tagged on wishes for “those who find today hard,” and wondered why, if they acknowledge that today is hard for some people, do they post about it at all?

I guess I’m just thankful that my husband isn’t very active on Fb, so won’t even know that it is F-Day elsewhere in the world. Besides, as we don’t celebrate Father’s Day here (or in Australia either, I think) until the beginning of September, we’ll both have to go through it all again in a few months.

The world is both too small on days like this, but – as I’m still suffering a bit from jet-lag – not small enough!

* Though after a nice coffee and muffin at the local cafe, I was feeling much better!


  1. Father's Day was particularly hard for me this year. The TV commercials did a great job at tugging at my heartstrings, social media posts were over the top to the extent that I had to log out, and I was caught in the middle of a messaging thread with my mom and sisters which included planning the details of their celebrations and attempting to guilt me into participating. I have a blog brewing on this topic....

    Anyway, I'm glad the day is over and I'm sorry that you only get a temporary reprieve from it.

  2. I get what you said about people using social media to ensure everyone sees them recognizing their parents. I personally am a card person. I love getting them for days such as Mother's Day ang giving them. I find it fascinating that these days of recognition are c lebrated at different times in other countries.

  3. I'm with Diane... I adore cards, and keep all the ones I know have been chosen with care. I spend a lot of time choosing cards for others. Yes, our Father's Day in Australia is in September. It's funny how they're on different days in different countries.

  4. Most of the time I don't want to write anything on social media about Mother's or Father's Day, but I end up doing so because everybody else is and social pressure is a thing. This year I managed to find something silly and funny to post both times so if wasn't gushy or sentimental.