Parent’s Murphy’s Law
1. Parenting is a 24-hour-a-day job with no salary, no raises, no promotions and very few
2. Parents are responsible for everything that happens to their children.
3. Guilt and self-blame are occupational hazards.
4. Parents don’t get worker’s compensation or any other fringe benefits.
5. Parents can never retire — even when their kids ask them to.
6. Parents “don’t get no respect” –until they die–and then it’s too late.
~ Bruce Lanksy ~
Yesterday was Fathers Day. I haven’t really worried about Fathers Day as an occasion for a long time. As I’ve mentioned before, my dad passed away several years ago and now that our children are grown it’s up to them to remember their father and commemorate the day or not as they see fit. I did wish SU a Happy Fathers Day yesterday morning and cooked him brunch if that counts for anything.
Panama celebrates Fathers Day on the same day as Norte America but it is in no way the big kind of holiday that Mother’s Day is in December. There was a few displays in some of the stores with the usual stuff, shaving cream, cologne, Chinese motorcycles for $1,295.00. I guess I should have taken a picture of that last one.
As an observer of Pananameño culture I find it interesting every once in a while to see how other folks observe Canadian traditions. For instance this is how India thinks we celebrate Fathers Day:
- Fathers Day is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and fanfare it is celebrated on third Sunday of June;
- People in Canada wear roses to express gratitude for their father, traditionally, if the person is wearing red rose, it symbolizes the person’s father is alive a white rose means that the person’s father is no more;
- Children express affection and honor for their dad by presenting them cards, flowers and chocolates. Loving children may also give other gifts including neckties, shirts, electronic gadgets, stationery items;
- Apart from their biological father people wish “Happy Father’s Day” to their grandfathers, stepfathers, foster-father, uncles or any other man who is as affectionate and loving towards them as a father; and
- Dining out with family is another popular Fathers Day tradition, no wonder, restaurants and eating joints witness a bumper rush on the occasion.
We spent our day in somewhat traditional Canadian way, in front of the television. There have been several articles published lately about “binge-watching” television programs. Apparently people lead such busy lives now that they PVR television shows or watch them on Netflix and have a binge-watching session on a weeknight or on a weekend. When I read the articles I could have safely said that we were not those people but then yesterday, yes, we had a binge-watching session and it was all History Channels fault. One thing about History Channel Latin America is that there is only a few commercial breaks but we also get the shows later than in North America. We spent the day watching The Men Who Built America (GIGANTES DE LA INDUSTRIA). We watched six episodes during the day and two more last night. I can’t remember the last time I watched that much television but it was a very good series.
As for the burg…all I can say is that the cantina was really loud through the day and night and there was a lot of salomas going on. (For a refresher on what salomas is you can check here.) I think it was a good day for fathers in the campo.