Note from Dan: Geetu Sarkar of Roanoke County was one of the folks featured in last year’s Thanksgiving column. She sent me this on Monday.
By Geetu Sarkar
Recently during the Fathers’ day, I thought of sharing the concept of “Children’s day” with your readers through your column in Roanoke Times. (You may remember that you had printed my little write-up on Thanksgiving in your column).
This idea of “Children’s day” is not new. It is observed regularly every year in India in November. So, here is my write-up:
We got up early in the morning as the phone rang. My older daughter called my husband from China where she is traveling for her office work
“Dad! Happy Father’s Day. I am so far away today, I wish I could stay near you and celebrate this day.”
My husband is a different kind of man. He takes the meaning of celebration in a different way. Celebration is not always gift and feast. A father should be proud of himself when he did his duty as a father, and raised his children properly.
My husband told her, “I am really proud today that it’s a special day for all the fathers, but my child! I wish I could also wish you in a same way like you did to me. But there is no Children’s Day here in the United States.”
Again at 7 a.m. the phone rang. It’s my younger daughter from New York: “Happy Father’s Day, dad! Are you going out for dinner tonight?”
My husband said “No, I am quite comfortable eating at home. You know I am kind of very proud and happy that whole nation is observing this day as a Father’s Day. Also every year in May the nation observes Mother’s Day. But there is no Children’s day here.”
I got up from bed and told my husband, “you are right, let me write about this in The Roanoke Times. We should start celebrating “Children’s Day” in USA”.
I am from India, where they observe former prime minister Mr. Nehru’s birthday (November 14) as Children’s day. I am proposing that we choose a particular Sunday in August as Children’s Day. Thus, we can celebrate Mother’s Day in May, Father’s Day in June, Independence Day in July and Children’s Day in August.
It is only a suggestion. I know social changes will be slow to evolve; but who knows, someday this idea may find traction here.