Day - a new tradition in the hood!
15, 2003 - by Bimbo Nobrain Loveless
your family tired of going to work and school day after day, and hardly
ever get to enjoy a break without feeling guilty? Do you miss more time
with your family? Help is near as the Simmerville Hood Council introduces
the Family Day!
Sims do not live in the world of the Humans - you already knew that! So,
we don't have a 7 days week like they do. But recently the Hood Council
of Simmerville introduced a new periodical Family Day, which has become
very popular in our neighbourhood.
Family Day occurs every 5th day, i.e. the household's Day20, Day25, Day30,
Day35. It can be compared to the Humans' weekend, but the Family Day does
not relate to the Human calendar, instead it's set by each Sim household's
these days the family is encouraged to take the day off from work and School,
and rather spend some time together, in their home or in any other available
location such as Old Town. Use this day to work on the relations within
the household and to add enjoyable photos to the family album! Note that
the Family Day is not meant for focusing on your neighbours or non-household
friends or individual skills, but on your own household members!
after I got the news from our local Hood Council in my mail box, I phoned
Mr Steve Grumblin, who had the idea in the first place. He is quite optimistic
concerning this new Family Day.
think this will be a welcomed day off for most Sims. This far you never
had any reason to take a day off without feeling you should have been at
work, but with the Family Day it's turned around; it's now expected that
you take the day off! Much easier!
will there be no angry call from your employer, and will kids' school grade
on both questions. Unfortunately this is a local thing, at least this far,
and the community at large has not implanted that every 5th day is a Family
Day. This means that if you were sick or lost your carpool on Day44, you
will get fired if you stay home on Day45. And it is very important that
you make it to work the day after a Family Day. Kids will drop in grades,
but if they study just a little this will not be a problem at all. If a
kid never study, staying home from School is of course a bad thing to do.
having the Family Day indicates that the family might need to do things
a little differently on the remaining 4 days of the new Sim week?
this needs a little planning from the household's side. Also, there will
not be any call reminding you of the Family Day, it's part of the family
planning, too. And, this is a voluntarily project, if someone feel like
skipping work and School every 10th day instead of every 5th day, it's
their own choice. Nobody will direct them what to do.
the Family Day has already grown popular here in Simmerville, proving there
was a need for such a weekend for us Sims. And I've heard it has also inspired
the owners of various Old Town locations to start developing their facilities
because of the increase of traffic.
the response has been mainly positive from all sides of our community.
I think it's only a matter of time until the employers too will see that
their employees will work better the remaining 4 days when they take every
5th day off. The day is good to most family relations, and we in the Hood
Council do think the entire neighbourhood will benefit from this.
you think the Family Day is something other neighbourhoods might be interested
in? How would they proceed to introduce it to their local hood?
is a choice which belongs to each Hood Council, and not to us. We was the
first hood making the Family Day into a natural thing, and we expect that
others will like the idea, but they might find different ways of realizing
it. I think a 5 days period is pretty good though, because some households
needs a long time to proceed 10 days of their life.
you suggest a couple ways the Family Day can be spent?
of all, it's important that all household members are reminded before they
go to bed that next day is the Family Day. Kids will look forward to it,
but kids don't always keep track on how long time is 5 days. Then, the
next morning it's important that everyone is rested, that all car pools
and the School bus is ignored. I'd suggest the family takes their time
to eat a good breakfast together, and shortly after calls the shuttle bus.
If they decide to stay home for some hours first there is a risk they will
no longer be fresh and rested, and their motivation might drop. When picking
the Old Town location, think of the family members' interests and ages,
the best locations will have a variety of activities, such as a gaming
area and a relaxing area.
good alternative is to go on Vacation to some great resort. This will be
quite expensive if done every 5th day, but is still a good way for the
family to spend time together. Or, if you are a couple only, like me and
my wife, we can spend the day together at a good Downtown location.
your hood doesn't have it's own Old Town area, Downtown district or can't
afford a vacation, then you will plan some fun in your home instead, which
might be just as fun. Play games and talk together. Eventually invite some
friends to join you, but keep in mind that at least a part of the day should
be dedicated to the family only. The point is to have a good time together
and to talk. Eventually the family want to add at least one family photo
to their album per Family Day. Those will be great memories.
you Mr Grumblin, and enjoy your next Family Day!