Monday, February 16, 2009

Presidents Day

Today is the federal holiday that combines the old celebration of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington into one celebration to honor all presidents, living or dead.

It’s usually an excuse for a long weekend to go skiing in places where people go skiing, and for stores and car dealers to have mid-winter sales, and schools and some state and county offices are closed in observance, too. That means I have the day off, too.

As I noted to a friend last week, it’s been a long time since we’ve been really proud to celebrate the presidency, and folks on both sides of the political spectrum can make the case why the presidents of recent history have been unworthy of celebration. Whatever; any excuse to have a quiet day off to catch up on some reading, writing, and with friends is okay with me.