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June 14, 2014

Josh Drespling: Another holiday? I need a vacation!

NEW CASTLE — Happy Father's Day to all the proud and deserving dads around the country.

My hat is off to you and all that you do to support and maintain your families. It's your special day, so sit back, relax, and soak it all in.

But if I know most of you, you will not be able to resist the urge to mow the grass, fix that leaky faucet, or even break out the tools and tackle some new project. Those chores have been floating around in your head for quite a while. Now that you have a moment to spare, you decide to take that precious bit of time and put it to good use.

Before you know it, your day of rest and relaxation has turned into a full-blown day of work. Complete with sweat, dirty hands, tools, and quite possibly a begrudged trip to the home repair store.

Funny how quickly our dreams of an extra hour of sleep or a cool drink in the shade quickly deteriorate into something that in no way reflects the vision we had in our minds. I have discovered that this is the case with most every holiday. In their purest forms, they are wonderful and uplifting. They start out with the underlying intent of celebrating life, liberty, and cultivating remembrance of grand ideas and happenings, but before we know it, they have turned into something else.

We have five “real” holidays — Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Independence Day. We also have a plethora of secondary holidays like Father’s Day, Mother's Day, Valentine’s Day, and every person on earth’s birthday.

We also have the all-annoying ones that keep us from doing our banking, sending our kids to school, or getting any mail. Yes, the ridiculous presidential birthday holidays, coupled with Martin Luther King and Columbus Days make me wonder if there is something wrong with us that we need to celebrate any and everything. Who can forget Flag Day, Groundhog Day, and national recover-from-a-hangover day, better known as New Year’s Day.

Rather than bringing a time of jubilation, we somehow let them become an effort to appease and impress others. The food, the decorations, and all the special details gather to form one massive cluster of energy-draining tasks. We justify that these are the only days we get to see or pay tribute to these people. But it's simply not true. Most of them only live a few miles from our homes and some are much closer than that. Simply put, we endure the traditions because they are the traditions, and we should be honoring our fellow humans without cues from our calendar.

We bustle to and fro in an effort to make everyone happy. We forsake our own relaxation and one precious day off of work to make our friends and family feel special. We feel the need to have the special food that your some-distant-relative likes. Rearrange our whole house, sleep schedule, and life for this special day.

Additionally, we feel an obligation to purchase some type of trinket to profess our love and appreciation to the person whose turn it is to be honored. In the past weeks, it was mothers and veterans and we have a whole slew of up and coming holidays.

If you're like me, you need a vacation from your holidays. I'm usually so worn out after a holiday that I need a day or two off to recuperate and put my home and life back in order from the “rest and relaxation” that I received on my holiday.

While you are reflecting on how you will spend your next holiday, remember there are only 193 days until Christmas.


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