A post on a social network caught my eye because of its poignancy. It would yours too because it paints a picture of our society, and it involves a child.
Questions the eight-year old, 'Mommy, would you trust bua with the keys to your steel almirah? And that of your room?'
Mom: 'No, son! That would be too risky. I cannot even imagine…'
Son: 'Then why do you keep me with her when you stay out so late?
It is all about misplaced priorities, and do not we have several in our everyday life?
We close all the windows but keep open a door.
Or else how could the condemned JMB prisoners tie up with accomplices to ambush their microbus? It is unbelievable that they had no escort protection.
Or for that matter, how could the number one all-rounder in the world from the lowest-ranked team in the cricket's 'Ivy League' get caught on camera pointing at his jewels? It is incomprehensible why he should gesture at a camera that has always heralded him as a hero.
Or how do we leave lights on when we're not home, giving the notion that we are, and then we let the world know on the F&F networks that we are not home. I am in a tea garden, so please rob my home.
We celebrate/observe all sorts of days and start behaving normally, meaning awkwardly, the very day after that national/ international day, often marked with a public holiday.
In fact, if the world is not economic with naming days, soon we will need more than 365 a year. Somebody suggested we could start celebrating nights, or afternoons.
Since 2009 Austrians are observing January 31 as 'Street Children's Day ', and obviously February 1 is not, nor is any other day in the year. The objective, as with any Day, is as noble as can be: to highlight the situation of these children and young people and raise funds for projects relevant to them.
'Sir, I need your patronage', stutters the lad to the tycoon.
'Not before January 31, my child, not before,' says he with a twinkle in his eyes and relief in his jaws, as he lets out rings of cigar smoke. (coughing) 'When is the cancer day?' (continues to cough)
4 February is World Cancer Day. I catch a rickshaw puller stamping his cigarette butt before starting off with me. I ask him to quit for the sake of his mother, who would be in great pains should something happen to him. He understands and says he tried once but once again the habit got him. Each of us should try to convince the rickshaw-puller during our 20-30 minutes ride to kick a bad habit or to take up reading or lead a hygienic lifestyle. It does not help a nation much if only the passengers are health freaks.
Since 1986 February 13 is observed as the National Hugging Day in the States, where else? The idea is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often. People could get other ideas. So I am not on talking terms with my brother for the past year and am waiting for the NHD to make amends. Don't tell me, so is he. If you have any queries on how to and who not to and why, all you got to do is to visit their website, you guessed it, www.nationalhuggingday.com.
World Sparrow Day on 20 March is celebrated to raise awareness about the House Sparrow, and of threats to their populations. This made all the other birds very unhappy, and so the United Nations came up with a project in July 2012 to observe the same day as the International Day of Happiness. Since last year the day recognises the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives'. But you can choose to be happy on most other days, God willing.
April is full of auspicious days and perhaps fools too. April Fool's Day has lost its appeal in Bangladesh due to a claim 'that Fool's Day had to do with the unthrowing of the Muslims of Spain'. Writes Yusuf Estes, National Chaplain to World Assembly of Muslim Youth, on his website www.islamtoday.com that it is 'a made up lie' that April Fools Day is a celebration of the takeover of Muslim Spain.
May 25 is Towel Day since 2001 as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans because he wrote in “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”: 'A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. You can wrap it around you for warmth… you can lie on it…you can sleep under it…' And I can see Lungi Day coming.
Father's Day, observed on the third Sunday of June and also on other days, depending when the mother is not home, was launched in the United States in the early 20th century to sell the cards and gifts left over from Mother's Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. The two days hail respectively motherhood and fatherhood, which is most wonderful. But after more cards were found on the shelves and shops not sold out of gift items, the United Nations General Assembly, comprising of many mothers, fathers and parents, came to the world's rescue, and it invented out of the box the “Global Day of Parents”. Observed on the 1st of June every year, the Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in only 2012 with a resolution honouring who else but parents throughout the world. We extend our sincerest apologies to all parents of 2011 and earlier. Also, if you remain unmarried my friend, you are missing all the good days.
N.B. We will do the rest of the year next Friday, which is observed by many as the Star Day.