This day was inspired by the actions of President Gerald Ford who, on September 8 1974, issued a pardon exonerating former president, Richard Nixon, of any wrongful involvement in the conspiratorial Watergate scandal.
Pardon Day is an opportunity to beg forgiveness for any social infractions you may have committed.
You can offer to bury the hatchet with the neighbor whose ten-year-old son batted a baseball through your window. After all, it was twenty years ago, the kid is grown and gone!
Adults, tell your parents how sorry you are for all the adolescent angst you put them through. You may need to make a list for reference. There’s likely a decade of inconsiderate grievances: eye rolls, sighs, arguments, apathy and rebellious breaches of curfew.
Kids, make an effort to get on your parents’ good sides by offering a sincere beg for pardon when you “forget” to do your homework, clean your room or feed the dog. And although the dog loves you unconditionally, go ahead and apologize to him too, just for good measure.
Pardon Day is also an opportunity to revisit good manners. Remember those things grownups so desperately tried to instill in us? Some of you might be a little rusty but a simple “pardon me” is warranted when, among other things, you bump into someone, interrupt someone, or fart in the presence of others.
A sincere apology or request for forgiveness is a reasonable quest for Pardon Day because everyone deserves a second chance. I must now beg pardon for mentioning any of your transgressions in the previous paragraphs; any resemblance to actual violations is entirely coincidental.