Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were always hard for me back in the US. There’s pictures everywhere of parents being loving with their children, and I can’t help but think of how I didn’t get to have that. I have no one to call on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Actually, there are a lot of people in the same situation, and I am surprised that all of them suffer in such complete silence while those from happy families brag about it.
Then there are the breeders who are so excited to brag about what their kids did for them. This goes in the same category as folks who post baby picture after baby picture. Just stop.
However, a lot of people have asked me if we have Mother’s Day in Korea, so I will go ahead and explain how it works here.
There is a Parent’s Day. So, that’s one day to celebrate the breeders and their accomplishments as people who followed their basic instincts and created tiny humans.
Then, there is a Children’s Day. This is a day for parents to celebrate with their children, and they often take off work and spend the day playing in the park or something.
I like this approach because it gives kids a chance to appreciate their parents, and parents a chance to appreciate their kids (instead of just bragging about them to strangers.)
US mothers would undoubtedly never go for switching, but a special day for parents and one for children really does make for a more balanced experience.
Plus, those of us without parents only have to be sad on one day instead of two, so that’s a pretty big plus.