A Day Of Very Serious . . . and Very Silly . . . Balance In Everything

Jan 27th

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!  Yes, Monday is happy! And why not?  We made it didn’t we?  We woke up this morning with everything where it was when we went to sleep – give or take a little gravitational pull, depending on where we are in this journey we call life.  We will get up, get ourselves around to do whatever it is we are called to do today, and be glad in it!  We’re alive! The birds are singing – or hiding from the cold if you’re anywhere near the deep freeze – the sun came up, and we are so fortunate to be here to live another day.  I want to appreciate each day, do what I can to change the bad stuff towards good, be grateful for my family, my friends, my pets, my job, my life and even this day.  I hope you will join me not only celebrating the little, silly holidays, but each and every day, be it Monday, Sunday, or any of the days in between!

Punch The Clock Day – My first thought when I saw this one was, “Well, I want to punch my clock EVERY DAY! What makes THIS day special?”  Of course it wasn’t likely that THAT was what the creator meant . . . or was it?  It’s very likely that they meant punching the time clock, so maybe they were just happy to have a job?  They didn’t share any insights with anyone, just created the day and left it up to our imaginations.  Honestly, since I don’t punch a clock at work – not in any literal sense anyway – I think I’ll just keep it to punching my alarm clock.  It really annoys me!  🙂

Auschwitz Liberation Day – Honestly, I can’t do justice to this one.  I can’t.  I’d start crying, again, and wouldn’t be able to get it out.  I am linking a site that tells what happened that day, and has some horrifying, eye-opening pictures, but somehow does it without the gut wrenching emotions that I am feeling as I read through it.  It goes along with the  next category anyway, so this will give you facts, figures and images that I couldn’t do in the way I would want to give them.

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – (This is a cut and paste of the post I did on this last year – I couldn’t think of anything I needed to change, or add)  If you ask many students today, they will look at you with a blank expression on their faces when you ask them what the Holocaust was.  Revisionist history would have them believe it either didn’t happen, or it didn’t happen the way their parents had been taught.  It is up to us, those who had families affected by it, those of us who remember what we were taught in school and those of us who realize that you cannot forget history or you risk repeating it again in the future, to keep this knowledge alive – no matter how painful it is.  The Holocaust was a horrifying time in our world’s history, when Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, and his collaborators, began the systematic state-sponsored persecution and genocide of the Jews of Europe along with other groups during World War II.  It sounds so dry when put that way, but estimates put the deaths of those to be considered racially inferior or undesirable; Soviet prisoners of war; the mentally or physically disabled; homosexuals; Jehovah’s Witnesses; political dissidents and criminals that estimates number at 9,000,000 – 11,000,000 people. International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the date that Russian Troops liberated the prisoners at the Auschwitz extermination camp, where an estimated 2,000,000 people were murdered, including 1,500,000 Jews.  Today we remember those lives that were lost, the atrocities committed against them by a tyrannical government who would control the people through violence, fear and the genocide of innocents. 

Take a good, long look at our government right now.  Our nation was set up with a system of checks and balances in place to prevent tyranny against us by our elected leaders. Our forefathers came from such nations and wanted America to be different.  Our Constitution guarantees us certain rights as citizens, and these rights cannot be circumvented or trampled.  Something they never thought would ever happen is beginning to happen now and tyranny threatens our very freedoms.  The silence of the sleeping masses is resounding! Wake up! Wake up now!  We cannot allow our nation to go down that slippery slope that leads to the sort of horrors imposed upon the citizens like happened in Nazi Germany.  Remember those who lost their lives due to the cruel, power hungry Hitler, recognize the similarities in what is going on in our own country, and stand up and make it heard that we will NOT be trampled, we will NOT allow our freedoms to be exterminated and we will NOT go down without a fight.
Please God, be with the families of those who remember loved ones who have gone on before, who were lost so tragically in the horrors of those days, and help us as a nation to never forget, so history does not repeat itself on our own soil. In Your name, Amen.

 

 

Thomas Crapper Day –  When I was little someone told me that the guy who created the flushing toilet’s name was Thomas Crapper.  I was taught that the word “crap” was naughty, so of course I got embarrassed and had a fit of giggles at the same time.  You know how kids are, right?  As I got older I found out that that person, I think it was my Dad actually, was telling me the truth! (Dad liked to tease – so at the time I’m sure that is what I thought he was doing.)  We should be pretty thankful for Mr. Crapper though, shouldn’t we? Can you imagine life without a toilet?  I get a bit of what it would be like every time we go hiking or camping in the wilderness.  Seriously, life spent digging holes in the ground and filling them in again, would be a bummer!  We could do it, but would we really want to?  As with many things that have been invented, the flush toilet was the result of a whole bunch of minor improvements on a rudimentary idea.  I think, quite honestly, that this day should have a whole bunch of names to give credit for this invention that has simplified, and cleaned up, our lives so significantly.  I suppose that the most famous name in connection with it is Thomas Crapper is, well, his name!

 

 

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day –  Bubble wrap was such an AWESOME invention, wasn’t it?  It was created by two guys in 1957 – Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding – who were both engineers. They were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing, and ended up – somehow – with bubble wrap instead.  Rather than just toss what they ended up with, they realized they could use this stuff for packing material.  This was pretty wonderful, since there wasn’t a suitable material for packing heavy items at the time.  They raised $9,000 and in 1960 they incorporated the Sealed Air Corp.  Today that company, which is publicly traded under the ticker symbol “SEE”, has annual revenues of more than $7 billion! Amazing – all from a mistake in production.  It has proven to be not just a wonderful packing material, but popping all those bubbles is a great stress reliever – maybe one of the best around!  Bubble Wrap Appreciation day was created by  the “Spirit 95” FM radio station in Bloomington, IN in 2001.  It included a Bubble Wrap popping relay, a sculpture contest and a fashion-design contest.  How fun is that?  This one is simple to celebrate – just grab a spare piece of bubble wrap and POP POP POP away!

This Day In History

1945 – The Russians liberate Auschwitz in WWII.

Food Celebration of the Day

Chocolate Cake Day is a chocolate lovers delight, and a day to eat cake. Why this a day to “bake your chocolate cake….and eat it, too!”  Originally “chocolate cake” meant a yellow or white cake with chocolate frosting. As baking techniques improved, chocolate cake became the favorite we know today.

Well, this was a day of extremes!  Very serious and very silly – I guess as in everything, we need balance to get us through.  It is good to remember the serious points in history, so that perhaps wisdom will prevail and we won’t repeat the horrors that have been done by those who went before us.  It is also good to just be silly, laugh at the goofy things, lighten up the mood and just have fun.  Think about that while eating your cake, OK?  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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