I realized I’m kind of ambivalent about it. One the one hand, how lovely to dedicate an entire day to celebrating love! On the other hand, shouldn’t every day be Valentine’s Day? Shouldn’t I be showered with jewels and chocolates and flowers and cards and expensive dinners and romance every day of the year?
Do holidays like Valentine’s Day allow us to take our loved ones for granted during the remaining 364 days?
It’s really Earth Day that got me thinking about this. We celebrate Earth Day on April 22, but for the rest of the year, we seem to take our planet for granted.
I say this because we capitalize the word Earth in Earth Day, but we don’t consistently capitalize it otherwise.
Now, I realize that earth should not be capitalized when we use it to refer to dry land or dirt; I’m talking about when we’re referring to our planet.
It's not fair; we capitalize the other planets. Saturn already has those cool rings, Mars houses weird green creatures with three eyes, Uranus is the butt of lots of jokes, AND they get capital letters.
We only capitalize words like earth, moon, and sun when they appear in a context with other capitalized celestial bodies.
Example: The sun heats the earth, and the moon provides the earth with swiss cheese.
Example: I don’t care if Jupiter is big and Venus is sexy; I prefer to live on Earth.
It’s as though we esteem the other planets more than our own.
Shouldn’t we capitalize the word earth even when it’s not in the same sentence as the other planets? Shouldn’t we celebrate our planet? Every day should be Earth Day!
I’m so upset, I am thinking about driving my Escalade straight over to my local congressman’s office. But first I need to calm down; I think I’ll take a long, hot shower.