Women's Day in Russia: March 8

Today is a national holiday in Russia: Women's Day. Actually, now that I look into it as I am writing this, it appears as though this holiday is celebrated in pretty much every country except the United States (there are ~75 countries where International Women's Day is observed).

It is in a small way similar to Valentine's Day, except that it is focuses only on women, of course [Russian men have a de facto Men's Day (Defender of the Fatherland Day, February 23; sometimes also called Defender of the Motherland Day)] and I would also argue that Valentine's Day has far more to do with gifts than it does with respect. Women's Day seems to have stayed more true to the course. Yes, there are small gifts and flowers, and I am sure by some it is Americanized and the gifts get larger, but it seems to be mostly a day where nobody works so they can spend time and energy on the women they love, not just money.

In honor of Women's Day, I will take a moment to thank the most important women in my life:

Kelly: Hey hey hey! Thank you for being so enthusiastically in love with me. You are wonderful and irreplaceable. My love for you grows more every day, to the point where soon it will be fatter than Fat Albert, but without you I would feel more like Mushmouth, simple and sad and mumbly.

Mom: Enough said. You are the best. Thank you for decades of unconditional love and support.

Nara: Thank you for being with Tom. You will be rewarded handsomely in the next life, I'm sure. Also thank you for all your love and support of Dragon. I would not be able to do what I am doing without you, and not a day goes by where I don't realize that. It is great to have you in our family.