London, ON, November 2011
About this photo: Thematic explores pairs this week. You can, too: Just go here.For as long as I can remember, I've been somewhat critical of Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day and any other manufactured day designed to sell more stuff to folks who neither need nor want it. I'm not opposed to the act of celebrating the people closest to us, of course, but I do have issues when it's commercialized to the point of triviality, and to the point that we lose sight of the need to celebrate outside of these predefined dates.
Hallmark doesn't need to tell me I love my wife and kids on March 3rd. Or May 19th. Or any other day that I'm lucky enough to have with them.
Still, I saw this picture and thought it fit the sentiment of this particular day. Beyond the flowers, the chocolates, and the desperate clump of men who were crowding the card aisle at the pharmacy just a couple of hours ago, today is a reminder that life isn't lived alone. That we're connected to each other - whether we like it or not. I'm sure neither one of these birds will ever be buying a cellophane-wrapped card for each other. But their unspoken partnership (you follow me, and I'll try to make the journey easier for you) somehow speaks to me.
Your turn: Am I being too much of an anti-holiday curmudgeon here?