What will you be doing Sunday morning?
How will you spend this Sunday? Maybe you'll be enjoying a Sunday lunch with loved ones. Maybe you'll be enjoying the staple British diet of DIY and gardening. You might be at your chosen place of worship. Or Stamford Bridge. It is, after all, Chelsea v Liverpool at 1600 (full commentary on 5live, of course.)
The reason I ask is that this week Rachel and I are making way for the Japanese Grand Prix. So there will be no Weekend Breakfast on Sunday morning. Now - Don't get me wrong. I happily acknowledge that I have a pretty good job. However - When you get the opportunity not to wake up at 0345 on a Sunday, you embrace it with both hands. This got me thinking, what would really make this rare Sunday off special and how would I enjoy it the most? The answer lies in the company you keep. People.
This week: Wayne Rooney said he would miss Manchester United's Champions League tie with CSKA Moscow if it clashes with wife Coleen giving birth. Quite how Sir Alex would react is not yet known, but hopefully better than the way Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez reacted to Xabi Alonso not flying with the squad to play Inter Milan in March last year, so that he could attend the birth of his first child. It was the start of a very long plank walk for Alonso out of Anfield. Benitez himself has strict standards in this area, missing his own father's funeral in preference for a game of football.
The Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill confirmed this week that defender Luke Young should return to first team football after a period of mourning for his younger brother Andre. He died whilst on holiday in Crete in August. O'Neill, to his credit, has said that his player should take as long as he needs.
Wayne Rooney, Xabi Alonso and Luke Young have what you may think is the best job in the world. They are incredibly well-paid. But they have recognised that it is the people who are, or in Luke Young's case, the people who are no longer in your life, that matter. You will have your own view on whether or not a footballer should miss a game to attend the birth of their child. For those of us not playing the game, football is an incredibly unifying thing. It has the ability to bring us together in pubs, living rooms, crowded round radios, travelling in cars, cheering at the same time or screwing your face up with anxiety at the same time. We do that with the people we love.
So this Sunday, I shall be taking advantage of not doing my job, by going for a seven mile run with a close friend of mine that I don't see enough of. Then I shall venture into the kitchen to cook a healthy Sunday lunch with all the trimmings before settling down with some mates to Chelsea v Liverpool at 1600. "Such a perfect day. I'm glad I spent it with you." What will you be doing? You can tell me here on this blog.
Phil Williams presents Weekend Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 live