So it’s President’s Day today. The powers that be merged George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22) with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12), did some fancy math and chose…the third Monday in February to honor these great former leaders of our country.
That’s all fine and dandy. I’m okay with honoring them. But the schools are closed today. The banks are closed. The stock market is closed. The post office is closed. Almost everyone gets a holiday for President’s Day now.
Except I know for a fact we never got President’s Day off from school when I was a kid. If it was a weekday in February, our rear ends were parked in our little metal desks. We also walked uphill to and from school in the snow. Barefoot. Kids these days don’t know how good that they’ve got it. Grumble grumble.
Can I retroactively take a few days off to make up for all those years I attended school at H.W. Gwin Elementary on what is now the third Monday in February?