Teddy Bear Day – Most of us had a Teddy Bear growing up. Some of us had several, but there was always one that was a particular favorite. A Teddy Bear is a special friend to a child. He’s cuddly, makes them feel secure in an otherwise insecure world, he’s lovable and he serves as companion and comforter. He’s not afraid of the dark and that helps make a child feel safe. Today can be celebrated by taking out your Teddy Bear and dusting him off, remembering all the things you used to do with him, like tea parties! Mine suffered through a lot of tea parties. A note to all parents and adults: No child should grow up without a teddy bear. If you know of any kid without one, go buy one for them today. As most of you know, we recently just welcomed our baby granddaughter into the family – a wonderful bundle of joy. It was only appropriate for her to get her very first teddy bear from Grandpa, so he found the perfect pink, squishy, soft and huggable bear for the most beautiful little princess at all. I am sure we’ll be holding teddy bear tea parties before we know it! A teddy bear isn’t just a toy – and that is something all grown-ups need to remember. It’s a pal that we keep all of our lives, and don’t give up just because we reach adulthood. No matter what anyone says, it’s perfectly OK to love your teddy bear for all of your life.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day – This awareness campaign is always held on the 9th day of the 9th month of the year. The focus is on the dangers that fetal alcohol exposure (drinking while pregnant) poses to babies. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a wide range of disorders known as “fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), of which fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the most severe. These defects and disabilities are 100% preventable by not drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Even with this being fairly common knowledge, an estimated 30% of women report that they still drink while pregnant. In the more severe cases children are born with FAS – a serious and incurable condition that damages the child’s central nervous system and brain. FAS is marked by mental retardation and physical birth defects such as abnormal facial features. Children born with FASD do not have the same physical birth defects or abnormal facial features, but they may have any number of developmental disabilities in different forms – cognitive, intellectual, social, mental and emotional. Shockingly, there is an estimated 1% of children born with FASD and that number could be higher. Because children born with FASD do not have the physical defects, it can be hard to determine of a child’s developmental disabilities are related to exposure to prenatal alcohol, or some other cause. It is just so important to stress the importance of the message “DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL IF YOU ARE PREGNANT!”. Often women are drinking before they realize they are pregnant, but the moment they find out they need to stop completely. If there is a problem with abstaining from drinking, they should seek professional help! Nothing is more important than the precious life a woman is carrying, especially a drink!
Wonderful Weirdoes – Look around you – do you see any weirdoes? According to the folks at www.wellcat.com, today is the day to celebrate the wonderful weirdoes in our lives. Now if you can’t look around and SEE a weirdo, you may actually BE the weirdo! There’s a new way to look at it for sure. That’s OK, I don’t think I know ANYONE who isn’t at least a little bit weird. According to the dictionary “weird” can mean unnatural, unearthly or mysterious. Most often though it is used to mean odd, strange or different. The word originates from the Old English word “wyrd” and meant something or someone concerned with a controlling destiny. In Shakespeare’s “MacBeth”, the Fates were called the “werde sisters”. Interesting! So, do you have someone a little weird in your life to celebrate today?
This Day In History –
1850 – California became the 3st state.
1956 – Elvis Presley first appears on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Rice Month – Rice is one of those foods that is so incredibly versatile. It can be a side dish, incorporated into a main course, a dessert and even a breakfast food. Though Asia consumes 90% of the world’s rice, here in America, we’re eating plenty ourselves — about 20 pounds per person per year! I prefer brown rice to white rice . . . but to each their own! Also, have you ever had Thai Black Rice Pudding? DIVINE! It looks different (as in this picture) but oh my goodness, it’s good!
- Lemony Brown Rice Pilaf
- Fire & Ice Brunch Bake
- Arancini (Italian Rice Balls)
- Ginger Jasmine Rice
- Chicken & Vegetable Congee
- Dirty Rice With Shrimp
To me, this has been a fun and balanced celebration day! Between Teddy Bears, a serious awareness day, something completely silly, and a great and versatile food, we just can’t go wrong! Take this day, enjoy it to the fullest, and give yourself the chance to look back on it without regrets. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.