Rob Jenkins - Please, just give us Sunday

You don't have to be particularly religious to recognize God was onto something with that work-six-days-rest-on-the-seventh idea.

My job, like many, runs Monday through Friday (usually). Evenings are for school or church activities and youth sports. Saturday is a "day off," which means that's when I work the hardest.

On a typical Saturday, I'm up at 6:30 a.m. to get somebody off to an 8 a.m. game or practice. Often, both kids have multiple activities, which if we're lucky are spaced evenly throughout the day. Usually, they're bunched together, and on opposite ends of town - clear proof of collusion among the various organizations.

Once upon a time, Friday was "date night" for me and my wife: a nice dinner, maybe a movie. Now, when we're not running kids, we spend Friday evening hunched over the calendar, plotting Saturday's campaign to ensure that, though divided, we will not be conquered.

And on those all-too-rare Saturdays when no activities are scheduled, I still have plenty to keep me busy: yard work, home maintenance, and a honey-do list longer than an anti-America rant by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Which brings me, gratefully, to Sunday.

Understand, I'm not promoting religious observance. That's intensely private, like locker rooms used to be before cell phone cameras.

Truth is, we can't even agree on a day. Muslims worship on Friday, Jews and some Christians on Saturday. But the bulk of Americans worship on Sunday, perhaps because they believe Christ rose on that day. Or maybe because that's when the NFL plays, I'm not sure.

Even if you don't view Sunday as anything special in a religious sense, it does offer certain advantages over other days of the week. Namely, it's a day most of us are truly "off," a day not scheduled to the max. Or that used to be the case, anyway.

Sadly, if we didn't resist, my family's Sunday calendar would now look a lot like Saturday's. At least most events push their starting times back to 2 p.m. or so, which is helpful to churchgoers but still interferes with football.

Religious differences aside, what I really wish is that community organizers would recognize Sunday as an actual day of rest, a day for families simply to be together and reconnect after the long and hectic week. No activities. No bustling from place to place. No hasty McMeals.

I, for one, could use such a day. For sheer contentment, nothing compares to a leisurely Sunday dinner, followed by an afternoon of reading the comics with my kids, playing board games, and napping on the couch (unless it's dinner and a nap without the other stuff).

And so I say to the sports leagues, to the dance troupes, to the cheerleading gyms and musical ensembles: Please, on this one day each week, just leave us alone.

After all, even God needed a break.