At the moment, I don't know that my husband knows about this holiday. He's still sleeping, and breakfast, prepared by this woman, is waiting for him on his side table. It's a reminder that breakfast is to be eaten in the morning, as soon as he wakes.
Before a man is even awake, a woman has been at work making his life easier and richer.
Left to his own rhythm, he'd forget to eat until too hungry, too grouchy and too low in blood sugar. This woman makes sure that his diet is optimal, from a balanced breakfast of cottage cheese and fruit, to a salad and fish for lunch, nuts for snacks, soup and sandwich for dinner and a dessert of fruit and cheese, preferably eaten before seven, his food intake is carefully selected to his specifications. Somebody is watching out for him!
If he's left to forage when his own hunger pangs are felt, he'd rely on some canned meat, sugary drinks, and any leftover he can find.
He sleeps on soft pillows and strong mattress, both chosen carefully by this woman.
In the closet, his clothes are organized by season and colors. He could take any shirt, any pants he wants. all coordinated and sized to his specifications. They appear and reappear magically in the same closet, without any fanfare.
Between his bed and his bathroom there are night lights, soft guides, so he can move about in the night without bumping into anything.
Hopefully, his appreciation for all the little and big things in his life influenced directly or indirectly by this woman or any other woman, this appreciation will result in strong opinions about the worth of any human being, the respect for labors and services that we take for granted, the appreciation that everyone of us, man or woman, contributes valuable services to the community.
Without this appreciation, respect, and recognition, women will continue to be taken for granted, their services will be undervalued, their contributions relegated to second class.
I wonder: would we need a day to celebrate, if there was equality and respect and equality of compensation for the work that women do?
I'm not even talking about the work force!
Opportunities, education, equal pay, and respect: these are things every human needs.