Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Sock Monkey Day

I remember reading a Peanuts cartoon when I was younger, where one of the characters, Lucy I think, asks a pair of adult legs why there is a Mother's Day and a Father's Day but no Children's Day. Because, comes the response, every day is Children's Day. Which is absolute rubbish, as anyone who has actually been a child (which makes everyone) knows. Special days are full of breakfast in bed, presents, choice meals and general immunity from prosecution. Those might come around more than once a year for a child, but every day of the year?

Sadly, the same is true for Sock Monkeys. The United Nations recently, and quite scandalously, rejected a proposal to make every day Sock Monkey Day. They wouldn't even make 2012 The Year of the Sock Monkey. And while the Chinese Calendar does have the Year of the Monkey every 12 years, and as a subcategory the Year of the Sock Monkey every 12000 years, it really doesn't seem enough for this remarkable species. So I am declaring, even without a United Nations sanction, April 15th as Sock Monkey Day.
To celebrate, I will be having my next stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra. Not necessarily the celebration I would have chosen, but the days coincide, so I'm putting a positive spin on it. Anyone who brings their Sock Monkey to the stall will get a free imaginary banana and an enormous amount of goodwill.

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