Opinion

No guilt about my Family Day being just a day

So what did you and your family get up to Monday for the Family Day Stat?

How many snuggles did you get in? Lego castles did you build? Times you watched the Cars movie over again?

Maybe you ventured out into the weather? Took the dog and kiddies for a romp in the dusting of snow?

Did you take your chances with a packed pool? Or the free skate at one of the local rec centres?

Maybe you and a family member got together for brunch?

Sadly, for some people Monday was more about how many emails they could fire off; vacuuming left for the last minute; or a reno project around the house needing to be finished.

And maybe a big chunk of their day was spent visiting grocery stores to stock up for this week's meals.

Let's hope most were able to catch up on the first round of possible scenarios, and skip all of the latter.

But let's be honest, a lot of people probably didn't have the choice.

Many grumbled on Facebook about having to work, being either self-employed or a federal employee.

Some said they weren't doing anything special, or out of the ordinary and were simply happy just to sleep in.

A lot of people had lazy days at home watching the Olympics, while some others boasted lying on the beach in Mexico or Cancun.

Meanwhile, I wonder was this second edition of this new B.C. holiday even grasped by its citizens and celebrated the way it was intended to?

Because frankly, part of being a family includes doing things like finally getting around to folding that heaping pile of laundry and putting bread on the table both literally and figuratively.

The groceries aren't going to buy themselves and maybe you needed to finish that painting project for the new nursery in your house.

It was pretty clear some people bought into spirit of organized activities.

Attendance was high at attractions like Sidney's Lego Weekend while many took advantage of the free admission to the Royal B.C. Museum.

In Cowichan, people commented and warned others of line-ups out the door at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre for the free family swim. North Cowichan staffers reported 700 visitors took a dip.

And another 200 courageous souls braved the weather for Downtown Duncan's first ever community event in city core.

But for me Family Day was a little this and that, morning snuggles, building Lego trains, some fun in the snow before the rain melted it, and a visit with some family.

But it was also about finding the time for a little bit of catch-up duties — laundry, cooking, lunches, emails and writing this column — in between.

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