Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

More Special Days Needed

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

More Special Days Needed

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SWANNELL

PETER SWANNELL

MOTHER'S Day has been done and dusted. My wife and I were treated to an excellent lunch, along with a few of our friends.

Fortunately our daughter and her partner and our friends seem always to get along very well with each other.

It's very nice to have occasions when gender and generation boundaries are irrelevant and we all have a good time together.

That sounds a bit corny but it works!

I was thinking about those special days like Mother's Day and Christmas Day when it occurred to me that it's time we recognised lots more special days, some not quite as obviously enjoyable.

There's Mowing the Lawn Day, when it usually rains, and Hanging Out the Washing Day when it always rains.

There's Cleaning the Car Day which usually occurs on the day before Driving Across a Muddy Field Day, or, failing that, Putting a Kipper in a Shopping Bag Under the Driver's Seat and Forgetting about it Day.

Better still, we could have a really special special day; Putting a Kipper Under Your Best Friend's Favourite Chair Day.

A notice would be pinned on the back of the chair saying "I've got a bone to pick with you".

There are many other days worthy of being marked.

For example, there is Miserable Old S--ts Day in which we identify the most grumpy, uninspiring teacher who made our time at school unimaginably boring.

It would be marked by kids throughout the country surreptitiously slipping into the principal's office late on the previous evening and pinning a note to his door saying "Do you realise that Mr/Mrs is a miserable old s--t and should be banned from teaching forever".

This would be a great learning experience for the principal and excellent training for any of the kids hoping to go on to a university.

The lecture theatres of our more dodgy universities could all have back rows reserved for these kids. …

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