A friend of mine asked (on a social networking site) when gay uncle day was going to be.
And rightly so, from my perspective.
In all seriousness, I understand the need for mother and father's day.
But it does seem to ignore all the other influential people in life, in my own life. Who (unfortunately) do not have their own day to be appreciated.
Teachers (and professors) are a great example. I had some of the most amazing teachers growing up. And yes, maybe there is a little brown on my nose, but it's true.
I think fondly of my aunts and uncles over the years, some of whom were also very concerned, caring and challenged me to be a better person.
Then there are some former managers (seriously) and co-workers over the years. People who might not have realized how important they were - but I learned a great deal from them none the less. Then there are also the authors over the years, whose works were incredibly influential.
Now that I think about it, there are too many people to list in one post for me of influences.
It seems short sighted to think that a child's failure or success is solely dependent on their parents. While parents are a huge component, there are so many other people that help along the way.
**I love this website (someecards) - hat tip to Kathryn.