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A Piece of Utopia—Family Day

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I have to admit something. I’ve been thinking a lot about Utopia. I don’t find it a difficult thought to think about. All I have to do is to think of what would make me happy and I’m there. Given today is a holiday here in my province, I thought instead of writing a dark Monday Mayhem post filled with zombies, the undead and creatures from the abyss, I would concentrate on something light—Family Day.

A game of Apples to Apples
A game of Apples to Apples

Every year, the third Monday in February is when we Ontarians dedicate time toward the family.

Our household celebrates the day off big with board games, a special meal and perhaps some other things that we’ve wanted to do but never seem to have the time to accomplish—like tobogganing.

Casa Flacco loves board games. Over the holidays, we played a fierce battle of Monopoly while gorging on snacks. This year’s version of Monopoly featured characters from cartoons. Have I told you how much I love animated movies? The game went well and we negotiated Park Place, something my younger child was adamant to not bargain away. In the end, I lost to said younger child and it reminded me of when I was young to decline deals from my relatives ultimately winning the game.

I’m not sure what we’ll be playing today, but I’m sure whatever it is we’ll have a lot of fun doing it.

As of the time of this writing, a week ago, I had yet to decide what I wanted to make for our special meal today. In reality, I’ve been preparing the same meal every year. What meal is it? you might ask. Sushi, of course. Would you expect anything less?

I learned how to make sushi a long time ago when a friend introduced me to the delicacy during a long trip from home. I eventually loved it so much that when I returned, I scoured Google to find recipes to satisfy my palate.

If you’re interested in how I make sushi, you can find it in this Freedom Friday post I had published several years ago. The entire process does take time, but it is well worth the effort.

Okay, we spend the day playing games, eating food—basically, having fun. This year is different in that I planned to take the entire weekend off. To me it means not doing any writing whatsoever. You have to understand what that means. I take pride writing every day except Saturdays. Therefore, taking yesterday and today off to spend time with the family is a huge bonus. It means no committed deadlines. Nothing looming to review. But more importantly, it means…

Sleeping in!

There was a time I never used to be able to sleep in. Having suffered from severe bouts of insomnia, it prevented me from functioning like a normal human being. That was then. Nowadays, I live for my bed. It’s cozy. It’s comfy. It’s quiet. Gosh, I love weekends.

All right, I had better stop. I think I’ve deviated from the Family Day theme, but somehow you might not think that.

Anyway, to all those who have today off here in Ontario, Happy Family Day!

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Does your state or province have today as a day dedicated to the family?


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

16 thoughts on “A Piece of Utopia—Family Day

  1. I’m kind of celebrating it today as well. Alberta has the holiday and I am off work along with my wife. Our newly adopted 15 year old daughter is being picked up by mom today, from her new Aunt’s. While our daughter was away, Mom and I totally renovated her bedroom, making it truly hers. Funky colors, pictures of her idols, new furniture and the like. So today, family day, was about her, as tomorrow is also her birthday. The first one with us. Big party at the bowling alley with friends, family, good food and a bit of fun.

    P.S. As I sit here reading your “Piece of Utopia” , I am chowing down on Sushi and a bit of Sashimi as well. I have never made it myself, but have found the best places to buy it from and eat it at.
    Hope your family day was an amazing, fun filled day for you and yours Jack !

  2. Glad you can spend the day celebrating family. Those memories and traditions together are what create the fabric of who we are and the bonds with those we love.

  3. We don’t even have states and provinces in England, so no chance of public holidays on them. We do have regions, counties, metropolitan boroughs and parishes, but they don’t have holidays either. And if they did, the idea of a ‘family day, in my part of the world would involve divorced couples rejoining their offspring and single mothers trying to identify their kids’ fathers.

    Maybe that’s what the holiday should be: instead of Valentines Day, an ‘Identify Your Relatives by DNA Test Day.’ Would look good on a greetings card.

  4. That sounds like a fun holiday. Think today is President’s Day, which is not as much fun. There’s really nothing here to celebrate family. Closest things we have is Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Kind of sad in a way.

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