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About jonbirch

animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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17 Responses to 1061

  1. another pressure filled day to act out of character, reminds me of christmas … i am fortunate enough to spend the day with my best friend …

  2. Skylark says:

    I think that the meaning behind Valentine’s Day (ignoring the overly commercial side of it) is quite important. I can see that it is a good thing for some couples to have to stop and think about why they are together, and why shouldn’t other couples celebrate the fact that they already appreciate what they have?

    I find Mothering Sunday excruciating, to the extent of having to stay away from church, restaurants, garden centres etc on that day. I don’t expect others to forgo it for my sake, though, and I certainly don’t resent them being appreciated and treated because their celebration makes me feel bereft.

  3. Goodfield says:

    I wonder if orphans feel painfully aware of being orpaned on Mothers day or Fathers Day ?

  4. Goodfield says:

    Or even orphaned! :-)

  5. jonbirch says:

    …or harpooned! imagine how it would feel to be harpooned on mother’s day! :lol:

  6. jonbirch says:

    to be honest, goodfield… i genuinely can barely stomach christmas, but find it very hard to find anyone who agrees with me on that. i remember, as a kid, being in church on mother’s day and wondering how all those gals who weren’t mums were feeling. those sorts of things always make me feel awkward and even though i’m happily married i do find valentine’s day embarrassing.

  7. jonbirch says:

    btw, skylark… that’s a great name! :-)

  8. Goodfield says:

    Jon I use to enjoy Christmas about 20 years ago but these days the cynic in me see’s it as mainly a money making exercise for (big) business like so many other events in this overly commercialised world (e.g the Olympics, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines Day, Halloween, Bonfire Night etc), It’s not the events themselves I dislike so much as how they get swallowed up and susummd by the associated money making frenzy which so distracts from any original meaning or sentiment they had. So like you I’m no longer much of a fan of what Christmas and most of these ‘special’ days/events have become in the western world.

  9. Jason says:

    Valentine’s Day is pretty messed up, but you can still make the most out of it for the good of others: http://whatisteamblack.blogspot.com/

  10. rithompson says:

    I’m alone and drinking and enjoying every minute of it. And I might read a book later.

  11. Becky says:

    Goodfield – even though my parents died when I was a teen, to this day I tend to avoid brunch spots, card shops and traditional church services on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Add to this those kids whose parents are abusive, alcoholic and the like – my parents stopped being my parents in any real sense of the word. So yeah, these days suck. I’m just working on Valentine’s Day and ignoring it – even if I have a dude in my life I want for us to treat each other with care because we want to do so not because of some overpriced commercial load of crud.

  12. Caroline TOO says:

    Fear Christmas day
    Ignore Valentines day
    Abhor everything about mother’s day
    Like Monday’s ‘cos I’m one of those lucky people who love their job
    Try not to think about retirement day

    Mixed bag, I guess, I’ll accept the deal

  13. jonbirch says:

    beautifully and succinctly put, caroline.

  14. teaman says:

    I’m happily (for the most part) married but my wife and I don’t do valentines day. Let’s call it as i is. It’s an artificially created holiday with no real meaning and no real purpose aside from pressuring people to express some commercialised ideal of ‘love’ with overpriced flowers, tacky cards and crowded restaurants. it’s so fake it’s sickening and it has no basis in anything that relates to either our faith or our relationship.
    Christmas is an important Christian celebration which has been commercialised and even secularised in the mainstream. I think it is important, as followers of the living Christ that we guard against the impulse to become so hardened by the crap society and sadly at times the organised church throws onto our faith that we become cynical to the extent we no longer appreciate the simple beauty of The meaning of Christmas. Santa Day is not what i celebrate. The true meaning of Christmas is not being good to people, giving gifts, or any of that. It’s a moment of awe, a celebration of hope, God Incarnate, Christ, the hope of man is born. Through Christ, peace on earth, goodwill to men, life everlasting are not just nice things to talk about. they are realities to be embraced. I think that;s worth celebrating.
    It disturbs me a little to see Christmas lumped in with V day. Sure you can be cynical and bitter about the way most celebrate Christmas or you can take ownership of your faith and reclaim the day as something worthy of celebration.

  15. subo says:

    now, in my dotage, I hold dear those moments when I get to make contact with someone, especially people who’ve come to mean a lot to me

    cards offer an opportunity to make these moments more frequent, & special days remind me to review my values – is work everything?,

    sometimes we can choose to give, steadily, thoughtfully, consistently. I took a considerable amount of rage & bullying during my childhood, which I tried to brush off, though I vowed to reach out to others who might be on the receiving end of similar abuse – something I might be able to give oneday

    here’s to the embarrassment, warmth, fun and mischief of St Valentine of Clinton Cards Days

  16. Unix Soe Ch says:

    Permission to use your image on my facebook for a bit… it is very apt to my life!

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