Funny how we always use holidays to stuff ourselves with too much food, isn’t it? I’m still feeling full and we ate quite early yesterday! It is a good thing, and quite necessary, that I am beginning a 10-day Green Smoothie cleanse. I’m told my body will thank me . . . I’ll keep you posted. At least I’ll get all of my fruits and vegetables each day!
Isn’t this picture lovely? My hubby took it yesterday. Spring is so amazing!
Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day –
Pastors’ Wives – Two Pastors wives were visiting and sewing their husbands pants. One wife said: My husband is just beside himself, he does not know what to do anymore and he is so tired and depressed he said he is ready to just give up and resign. The other wife said: I am sorry to hear that because my husband has never been happier. Our membership is growing and we are out of our financial burden, we have such a large and loving congregation. Life could not be any better than it is right now. One woman was mending the seat of her husbands pants, the other was mending the knees.
Dyngus Day – This one, in my opinion, is a little strange. Alright, I think it is a LOT strange. Dyngus Day, also spelled Dingus Day (I have NO idea why it has this name) is a Polish holiday. Apparently it is very popular in Poland and in Polish communities across America. After the long season of Lent, Dyngus Day is a day of fun, and maybe a little bit romantic (depending on your idea of romance). Basically this celebration is all about boys meeting girls, in a very unusual way. The boys chase after the girls with squirt guns, buckets or other containers of water with the intention of getting them wet. Somehow over the years, they have added gently hitting the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows. Seriously? And the girls like this? The ladies get their revenge on Tuesday, when tradition has it that they get to throw dishes or crockery at the boys. Sounds slightly dangerous! I guess the women have also started getting their revenge on Mondays by throwing water back at the guys. The roots of this one point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility and purification. Somehow along the way the tradition of throwing water on girls and hitting them with willows happened. Strange evolution, isn’t it?
Kindergarten Day – Do you remember the first day of Kindergarten? Usually the first day is memorable for the child, and for the parents, though the parents memories are usually filled with a little anxiety too. I remember my first day – I was always such an independent kid – I think mom wanted to take me to school. Looking back I’m sure of it. Nope. I wanted nothing to do with that. I’d been watching that school bus going by every day for a long time, and I really wanted to be on it myself! So, my first day I marched up the sidewalk and climbed on that bus without a backwards glance. Poor Mom. Years later I knew the same feeling because my daughter did the same thing to me. I’m stubborn though, I followed the bus and took pictures of her getting OFF the bus at school! Kindergarten Day is celebrated in honor of Friedrich Froebel, born this day in 1782. In 1837, he started the first Kindergarten in Germany, which became very popular, very quickly. Kindergartens were originally set up to be a half day so children could get acclimated into learning, social interaction and school in a fun, yet educational manner. It has evolved in most areas into a full time program, partly as a result on more pressures on education, and partly due to there being more families with two parents who work outside the home. Today celebrate with a trip down memory lane by pulling out old pictures of you and/or your child’s first day in Kindergarten.
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day – You’ve heard the expression that “their face is so ugly it’s cute”? I’m fairly certain that bulldogs sort of fit that expression, so if there is ever a day to look beyond appearances, today would be it! Bulldogs are known for their wrinkly faces, stocky builds and their tendency to slobber. Because of these things, bulldogs aren’t usually known for being beautiful, but for today, they can be! To celebrate, if you own a bulldog, treat them to a special adventure – maybe a walk in the park, or some extra cuddles and some treats. There are a variety of types of bulldogs – the Bull Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and the Olde English Bulldog. Bulldogs are related to the Asiatic Mastiff, which, according to historical records, lived in Mesopotamia around 4,000 B.C. I admit, this face is awfully cute.
Food Celebration of the Day –
I’d better get myself off to work! Have a wonderful start to your week – may it pass quickly, calmly and without crisis. That’s what I am hoping for anyway. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!