Taking back Sunday?
Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, observed in most Western countries and influenced by Christian scriptures, and made official by Roman Emperor Constantine in A.D. 321.
If you grew up in the Bible Belt, a small town or are older than me (ha-ha!), you probably remember when most businesses shut down on Sundays. This was before a 24-7 Super Walmart was on every block.
For me, I often attend church on Sundays, but I don’t get much rest.
In fact, Sundays are frequently my most hectic days – even though I rarely go into the office for work on the 7th Day.
A typical Sunday for me involves running around doing errands and/or projects I can’t get to during the week, because I work Monday through Friday and have two small children to help take care of/feed/put to bed/entertain.
Case in point from last Sunday: My wife worked the previous day, which means I was on Daddy Daycare duty, which means I didn’t get anything accomplished.
So, when Sunday rolled around, I jumped on a project that needed doing - sanding down an old dresser that we’d bought from a thrift store, but had taken up residence in the garage.
I’m not joking when I tell you that my Sundays have also looked like this on occasion: Get up, make breakfast for kids, change a diaper, mow the lawn, shower, go to church, go to grocery store, make lunch, wash dishes and load dishwasher, go to the recycling center (because I refuse to pay for garbage pick-up), retrieve furniture from storage facility, unload furniture into garage, make dinner, make sure kids have their lunches and stuff to begin a new week, catch up on Surge work...whew!
During football season I attempt in vain to watch some NFL action (usually only catching the Sunday night games), and during baseball season I try to encourage nap time at my house to coincide with Atlanta Braves games.
Despite my whirlwind Sundays, I still manage to have some fun every now and then, such as when we took the kids to Huntington Beach State Park a couple of Sundays ago, and from time to time I make an appearance at the Boathouse’s Sunday afternoon concert series – the last time being drivin’ ‘n’ cryin’s early July show.
And I don’t know if I’m going to church this coming Sunday, and I don’t know how many errands I need to run, and what other kind of tasks my wife will dream up – but I do know this: I plan on being at the 8th annual JerryFest set for this Sunday afternoon and evening at The Boathouse.
The Boathouse’s Sunday Funday shows are frequently tempting to wedge into my schedule and motivation for getting things done early in the day, so I can chill on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway later and listen to free live music.
Yet, after last week’s cover story where we explored area pool-side bars, it occurred to me that Sunday afternoons and evenings along our adult playground we call the Grand Strand, are far from lazy, as our 7 Days a Week calender attests to regularly and so does the number of Sunday events featured in our On the Fly report on a steady basis.
It’s no longer taboo to schedule an event on Sunday.
But maybe you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what’s going on around here on Sundays until football season gets cranked up.
Well, this week’s cover story is for you - and we dispatched suburban explorer Derrick Bracey to get to the bottom of the Sunday Funday phenomenon and uncover ways to put some sun and fun into your Sundays and you can read his report starting on our homepage.
Kent Kimes, Editor