What can we celebrate today?

I’m sorry this is so late today, its been a crazy couple of days this week.  My Mother is in the hospital with a Mystery Condition, and it’s put me off my schedule.

But, time marches on regardless of what is happening in our lives, and there are holidays to celebrate today!

Today is:

Brothers and Sisters Day:  If you’ve been lucky enough to have siblings, today is the day to show your love for them.  Doesn’t it just seem like we had National Sibling Day recenty? Well, apparently we all need extra reminders to be grateful for our brothers and sisters.  I have a theory about the Great Cosmic Reason that we are not all born as only children.  I think that sibs are the Universe’s way of making sure we are exposed to people who otherwise we’d never cross paths with. I know that if my brothers hadn’t also been born to my parents, we’d probably never have met. And I’m very glad that is not the case, because they’re pretty awesome in their own ways.  You know, except when they’re beeing stupid doody heads.

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mmmmm.... chocolate

National Truffle Day: Now, some maintain that National Truffle Day is a celebration of those rare, pungent fungi that turn up at the base of trees, and  can be sniffed out by specially trained hogs or dogs.  And some think that it’s in honor of the delightful chocolaty confections that come packaged in pretty wrapped boxes.  Really, there’s no real reason you can’t do both!

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a truffle, not the chocolate kind

Scurvy Awareness Day; Scurvy might be the only disease that is completely curable through the consumption of alchoholic beverages-  provided that those beverages contain some actual fruit juce. Margharitas, Fuzzy Navels, Lemonade with vodka, whatever you like.  Seriously though, as relatively easy as Scurvy is to prevent and cure, there’s still a surprising number of cases reported each year in the US alone. So, make sure you eat a couple pieces of fruit each week and avoid becoming a scurvy pirate dog, arrrgh.

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It’s Mother Goose Day!  I love Mother Goose rhymes and stories, so sing-song, so simple!  My kids and I can spend hours reading the short poems and playing with the words.

There are a lot of theories about whether or not Mother Goose was a real person, and who she was, if she was, but no one really knows for sure.  Everyone seems to agree though, that she wasn’t a real goose. Which is just silly, because it’s not like there’s any proof of that, either.

My personal favorite by the famous water-fowl matron:

Butterfly, Butterfly

Butterfly, Butterfly,
Whence do you come?
“I know not, I ask not,
nor ever had a home.”

Butterfly, Butterfly,
where do you go?
“Where the sun shines
and where the buds grow”

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In addition to being Mother Goose Day, today is also:

May Day: Traditionally, May Day is a day to celebrate Spring and fertility. For centuries people have danced around May Poles, jumped over or between fires, performed handfasts, and generally made merrry in joyful celebration of warmer weather, flowers, and the promise of abundance.  This year, May Day also marks a huge Occupy protest, demonstrating the power of the 99%.

Law Day: Join the American Bar Association in honoring  the good that our judicial system does.  While no system is perfect, the American Judicial system does it’s level best to provide justice for all.  Their theme this year is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”

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So normally, I would focus on one reason to celebrate for the day and throw everything else into the “Other Reasons to Celebrate” post, but honestly when I saw that it is both Hairstyle Appreciation Day AND National Honesty Day, how could I possibly resist combing them together?

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In an ideal world of beauty and perfection,we’d all be able to walk around today complimenting each other’s hairstyles with complete honesty and appreciations- but I can’t help imagining various versions of the following conversation taking place:

“Do you like my hair?”

“Oh, uh, ummm…. well, it’s very interesting and, ummm…. creative….”

“Yes, but do you like it?”

“Honestly? And I mean this in the nicest way possible… No.”

As for myself, I’m growing my hair out so that I can donate it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, so my hairstyle is not being very much appreciated today. I love short, sassy hairsdos, but my hair has to reach over 8 inches long before I can chop it off and mail it away. So while I styled it this morning there was less appreciation and more swearing. But in all honesty, as irritating as I find my long tresses, I’m so grateful to have hair that I can donate, so it’
s all good.

So, speak the truth today, and tell someone how much you love their hair.

In addition to being National Honesty Day and Hairstyle Appreciation Day, it is also:

National Raisin Day: This juicy little treasure is actually a dehydrated grape, but who cares? They’re good in pies, cookies, salads, and just on their own (especially covered in chocolate, mmmmm). And because I feel bad that Raisin Day gets shoved off into a post all by itselff today, here’s a picture:

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The zipper is one of those things that we just take for granted. It’s everywhere- jeans, purses, shoes, jackets, sofa cusions, dresses, why it was even on Google the other day!

They’re pretty handy, eh? I mean, I can unzip my purse, pull out my wallet, unzip that take something out, zip it back up, put the wallet back in my purse, and zip  up my purse with only one hand- letting me keep my other hand firmly texting my bff to tell her to get herself to the autoparts store before  they’ve sold out of wiper blades she needs for her car. Or, you know, whatever I might need to text.

My point is, that the zipper is fantastic at making fastening and unfastenting things as quick and easy as possible, which is exactly what it was designed to do.

So take a minute today to really appreciate the convenience of the zipper. And then  you can go back to taking it for granted tomorrow.

In addition to being National Zipper Day, it’s also:

Shrimp Scampi Day:Did you know that “scampi” actually means “shrimp”?  Yeah, neither did I- until NOW!   And I could have kept that a secret and held my increased knowledge over your head, but I’m not that kind of person.  Well, I’m not today, anyway.

World Wide Pinhole Photography Day: Did you ever make a pinhole camera in school? You know, in art class or maybe science class? NO? (this is my horrified gasp) Then get ye to Google and learn how to make one! Do it now! It’s easy, and it’s fun, and then you can scan and upload your pinhole photograph on the website linked above and share it with the world.

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