President’s Day! I mean, Presidents Day. Or Presidents’ Day. Washington’s Birthday. Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday.
When we think of celebrating President’s Day (or That Day), we think of celebration and a day off from school.
When there’s that Day with the capitalized D, the connotation is to celebrate, a Day of 100% positivity. But like how the Native American community choose to convert Columbus Day into Indigenous People’s Day, let us rethink the Default Positivity Obligation on holidays. This could be your mental health day, a day to mourn, and/or a day to make a game plan.
There are many positive ways to celebrate/contemplate That Day.
Celebrate George Washington’s B-Day (technically on Feb 22).
Happy Birthday, Mister George Washington! I hope you’re liking where our two-party system has taken us!
Celebrate Abe Lincoln’s B-Day (technically on Feb 12)
Celebrate Lincoln AND Washington’s B-Day
Celebrate the concept of Presidency in general
Since it’s still Black History Month:
Contemplate the Trump Era (or Not My President Day)
Our consciousness evolves. We go from blind celebration, to informed contemplation about our Days, and that’s perfectly okay.
(image via Flickr/South Dakota)
Caroline Cao is a Houstonian Earthling surviving under the fickle weather of Texas. When she’s not angsting over her first poetry manuscript or a pilot screenplay about space samurais, she’s doing cheesy improv performances for BETA Theater, experimenting with ramen noodles, engaged in Star Wars fanfictions, or hollering vocal flash fics on Instagram. Her columns and poems have popped up on The Cougar, Mosaics: The Independent Women Anthology, Glass Mountain. Her flash fiction recently earned an Honorable Mention title in Sweater Weather magazine. She has her own Weebly portfolio and contributes thinkpieces to Birth.Movies.Death. She’s also lurking in the shadows waiting for you to follow her on Twitter.
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