Yesterday was a great day. I spent the day with my Mom, which on its own makes it special. Even though we live down the street from each other, for some reason we don’t spend that much time together. Life just seems to race by from day to day and before I know it time has slipped past me and I’ve missed opportunities that I’m sure were knocking. We grabbed Wednesday with both hands and enjoyed each other’s company over shopping, lunch and a movie. I encourage everyone, please, spend time with your parents. If you are fortunate enough to still have them in your life, as I am, then take the time to see them, do things with them, talk to them often. It is such a blessing to have both of my parents alive, pretty healthy and nearby. I hope the know how much I love them! Today it is back to “normal”, off to work and routine things that need to be done from day to day. The great news is that it is Thursday and we all know what that means! We are one day closer to FRIDAY! Yes! Friday! Let’s get through Thursday first though.
Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day
Adam’s Rib – At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny, a child in the kindergarten class, seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying as though he were ill, and said. “Johnny what is the matter?” Little Johnny responded, “I have a pain in my side. I think I’m going to have a wife.”
Blah, Blah, Blah Day – The whole idea for this day is to do all of the projects and things that people have been nagging you to do. If you do them, you may be able to stop hearing them go on and on about them . . and the blah-blah-blah in your ear may just go away! I had to chuckle at this one though. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I grew up in a home daycare. For anyone who has ever worked for a daycare, had one at home, or just had a lot of siblings, anywhere there is a group of children there is also noise and general chaos. Anyone who says you can have a group of kids together without any chaos or noise has obviously NOT spent a great deal of time around groups of kids! The result of growing up around all of the noise is that I developed a very highly tuned ability to shut out noise completely. I can focus in on something and I literally just turn off the background sounds and block them to the point that is just becomes “blah blah blah” in my head. People who know you well won’t take offense if you do that because they’ll just know it is you. New folks in your life may not get it though, so you’ll have to just explain it to them.
Bat Appreciation Day – I remember when I was little, we lived on a lake. About this time every year the night sky over the lake was filled with the shadows of 100s of bats swooping and diving for the bugs flying about – you know, those icky flying bugs that look like red ants with wings? Yuck! The sound of the bats wings flapping would have been spooky if I’d been old enough to have seen movies about vampire bats, but at the ripe old age of 3, it was just pretty cool to see and hear. My Aunt Sherri was over to visit, she was a teenager at the time, and she walked out onto the dock with me, with a big quilt covering both of us, and there, with her holding my hand to protect me from falling off the dock into the cold, black water, we stood and listened and watched. I know a lot more about bats now, obviously, but the knowledge only makes that memory better. Bats are the only mammals that are capable of true flight. They have extremely elongated fingers and a wide membrane that stretches between them. The bat’s wing resembles the human hand. There are almost 1,000 bat species worldwide, and an interesting fact is that bats make up about a quarter of the mammal species on the earth. That’s a lot of bats! 70% of bats eat insects, sort of their own natural pest control. There are also fruit eating bats, nectar eating bats, carnivorous bats that eat small mammals like birds, lizards and frogs; fish eating bats and maybe the most famous of all, the blood-sucking vampire bats I mentioned earlier. I wasn’t in danger of encountering one though – since I live in Washington and they live in South America. Some bat species have populations in the millions, but sadly, others are dangerously low or in decline.
Interestingly enough, a single small brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour, and is one of the world’s longest living mammals for its size, having a life span of almost 40 years. Well, heck, I’ve been going about this pet thing all wrong! With all the lousy mosquitoes we have around here, maybe I should have looked into making a pet out of a brown bat. (which leads me to wonder, can a bat be domesticated?) Bats can be found pretty much anywhere in the world except the polar regions and extreme deserts. Another thing that I found interesting was bat babies! They are called pups, and bats usually only have one pup at a time. They are the slowest reproducing mammal on the earth, and at birth a pup weighs up to 25% of its mother’s body weight – and to put this into terms that every mother here can identify with – that’s about like an average human mother giving birth to a 31 lb baby. OUCH! Bats have maternity colonies where females gather together to bear and raise the young. The males do not help in raising the pups. Hmmmm. There’s a lot more to say about bats, but I’ll leave that to you to research if you’re interested. I’m still thinking about that whole bat/mosquito connection, and wondering if I should put in a bat habitat in the back hard to encourage the bug munching wonders to move in!
Ellis Island Family History Day – On Thursday evening, December 31, 1891, the S.S. Nevada arrived in New York Harbor. Among its passengers were 14 year old Annie Moore of Cork County, Ireland, and her two younger brothers. They had sailed to America to join their parents in New York City’s Lower East Side. On the morning of January 1, 1892, on Annie’s 15th birthday, a barge took the three of them and 145 other passengers from steerage to a brand new federal immigration center called Ellis Island. There, young Annie became the first immigrant of the 12,000,000 who would enter the U.S. through its doors. Over 100,000,000 Americans – about 1/3 of the U.S. population, can trace their roots back to the immigrants of Ellis Island. April 17th is the anniversary of the date in 1907 when more immigrants passed through Ellis Island on one day than on any other day. 11,747, more than twice the usual number. That year saw the arrival of more than 1,000,000 immigrants. Famous immigrants who entered this country through Ellis Island were: Comedian Bob Hope; Actor Cary Grant; Songwriter Irving Berlin; Author Isaac Asimov; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and Father Flanagan. Wow! I had no idea!
Ford Mustang Day – This day in history in 1964 saw the unveiling of the Ford Mustang, a two-seat, mid-engine sports car, by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, NY. On that same day, the new car also debuted in Ford showrooms across American and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers. The Mustang was named for a World War II fighter plane, and was the first of a type of vehicle that came to be know as a “pony car”. More than 400,000 Mustangs were sold by Ford in the first year of production – far exceeding any sales expectations. Over all of these years, and through many evolutions, the final version of the Mustang came off the production line in 2004. Still in production, there have been over 9 million Mustangs have been sold since the 1st one rolled off the line. I did find out that there were Mustang concept cars as early as 1961, but they didn’t go into production until 1964. Personally, I love the way Mustangs look – or I love the way the old ones look, but I will NEVER drive another one as long as I live. I’m not a superstitious person, but seriously, why push it? I was in two car accidents in my life, in two different Mustangs. It’s like the moment I got into them to drive, giant magnets inserted themselves into the bumpers, attracting other vehicles to plow into me, causing injury, pain, and a LOT of treatment for a number of years. I’ll admire them from afar, at car shows and in movies. It’s enough for me.
National Haiku Poetry Day- Haiku is an unrhymed, syllabic form of poetry adapted from the Japanese. Each Haiku is three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Since it is so brief, a haiku is imagistic, specific and what some would say is “pithy”, capturing a single moment in a very few words. They are actually very easy to write. Here’s one I just thought up and it took about 30 seconds:
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cheese Ball Day – In 1801, the town of Cheshire, Mass., sent a 1,000-pound cheese ball to the White House as a gift for new President Thomas Jefferson. That’s a HUGE cheese ball! Makes me wonder how they made it?
May your Thursday be filled with peace, calm and anything but the blah-blah-blahs! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!