I accepted the fact early on in my career that show business is not a Monday through Friday, nine-to-five job. An entertainer doesn’t usually get weekends and holidays off like “normal” folks. I don’t ever remember being home for a 4th of July celebration, and I’ve been on the road many times at Thanksgiving, New Years, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Groundhog Day. And, to be honest, I’ve complained about it a time or two over the years.

But now I’m beginning to realize that in these days of extended families, fractured families, and varied lifestyles, we traveling minstrels aren’t the only ones who have to adjust our schedules come holiday time.