April 10 is Sibling’s Day.
Now I’m not sure whether or not there is an apostrophe between sibling and the s. As in Sibling’s. Just like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.
According to those grammarians in the know, there are actually three ways to go: Siblings Day, Sibling’s Day, or Sibling’s Day. The consensus seems to be the third. So, in this post, Sibling’s it is.
However you punctuate it, there is an official Sibling’s Day organization whose goal is to make Sibling’s Day a federally recognized day, like Mother’s and Father’s Days. According to siblingday.org, Siblings’ Day has been so well accepted over the last decade that it was granted a “Service Mark” in 2007 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The goal is to make this a federally recognized day, like Mother’s and Father’s Days.
There you have it. Whether it’s a federally recognized day or one celebrated in some states but not others, why bother celebrating the day in the first place? Here are 5 reasons why:
- The sibling connection is life’s longest-lasting relationship. Siblings can be the only intimate connection to last. Friends and neighbors may move away, former coworkers are often forgotten, marriages end in divorce, but our brothers and sisters remain our brothers and sisters.
- Siblings can provide an essential support system for good times and bad. They can be there when a parent is ill or dying. (On the other hand, only children usually face this transition on their own.) And siblings can celebrate the good times like marriages, holidays, nieces and nephews.
- Over the years, we and our siblings can change. The relationship is fluid and deep. Often, conflicted connections during childhood morph into loving, intimate connections as we age. Sibling’s Day is a chance to give a shout out to our siblings for their willingness (and ours) to change.
- Siblings help us understand why we are, how we are, and the way we are. They serve as mirrors for identity . . . an important mirror for anyone who wants to connect with personal experience. So, grab your mirror and have a look.
- Siblings share a history that no one else understands. Do you remember the time when — mom threw the potato across the room? When we took that camping trip, and Uncle Dan threatened to leave us and go home? When I was grounded for sneaking out my bedroom window? You can go to your siblings to reminisce, to laugh/cry about the past, to answer questions no one else can.
“Celebrate, celebrate . . . dance to the music.” Or call a truce, offer an olive branch/a peace pipe. April 10 is Sibling’s Day. (Notice the punctuation.)