Good Morning and a blessed Sunday to everyone. It’s still rainy, and the wind blew all night long. I don’t sleep well when it’s windy – after 2 trees have hit the house and 3 more have launched branches at the cars – it’s rather difficult to rest while waiting for the next one to attack! Fortunately, we woke to just little branches littering the yard, but my goodness, I’m tired! After I got up this morning I bagged up the leftover chili from what my hubby made yesterday. He seriously makes the best chili I have ever tasted! We now have 16 lbs of chili in the freezer for future meals. Yum! Chili nachos will be calling our names quite soon – I’m sure of it.
Gold Star Mother’s Day – This is a special one. My heart, as a mother, reaches out and identifies as only a parent can. Today the Army and the nation honors mothers who have lost sons or daughters while fighting in America’s wars. Congress first created “Gold Star Mother’s Day” in 1936 to honor these women whose children were taken from them as a result of war. The Gold Star Mothers, along with all family members, who bear the enormous burden of loss, will always be cherished members of the Army family. Today, in the nation’s capital, the Army will join all Americans in support of the 2013 Gold Star Mother’s Day. Memorial events will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Army leaders are also encouraging soldiers, their families and Army civilians to take the time to remember both those who have given their lives in service to their country and the loved ones they have left behind. Many Army installations have events honoring and recognizing Gold Star Mothers, including picnics, luncheons and breakfasts. Think about it, we have Mother’s Day every May, but when you have lost a son or daughter in service to our nation, Mother’s Day isn’t the same. The loss of a child is so profound anyway, but knowing your child made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation makes it so bittersweet. The pride in their sacrifice is combined with the sharp pain and emptiness that their loss leaves behind. And it’s not just mothers. This day has evolved to include all family members who have lost loved ones to war- fathers, wives, husbands, grandparents and children all participate in the ceremonies done for them today. Please say a prayer of support and peace for these people. They are hurting, that hurt will never go away, and acknowledging their loss is the least we can do.
Confucius Day – Confucius is thought to have been one of the greatest philosophers in history. He was born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., and is one of the earliest and maybe the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar and a politician. He gave the world many teachings and 499 famous sayings. Celebrate this one by learning more about him, reach some of his teachings and sayings. Something to note: over the years, many comical and humorous sayings have been created and referenced as saying “Confucius Says”. As a rule, if the saying is funny, it’s not likely to have been said by this great scholar. Many people identify the slips of paper in fortune cookies with Confucius . . . and I admit it – this one makes me want to go out for Chinese food today! I know – that’s bad . . . can’t help it.
National Attend Your Grandchild’s Birth Day – While I appreciate this sentiment, and I’m sure most of us who will be grandparents someday would be honored to be a part of the birth experience of our children – helping welcome our grandchildren into the world – this one isn’t one I can necessarily get behind all the way. The birth of a child is primarily for the parents to do. If the Daddy isn’t available, then of course one of the grandparents should step in to support and help out. I know that for myself though, it would have been highly stressful to have either my parents or my ex-in-laws in the room while I went through the birth of either of my kids. For anyone who has had their parents there, or who are planning to, that’s wonderful for you and I’m not being critical. I just wouldn’t encourage anyone to push this one because it may reduce the pleasure the new parents take from the day if they either feel pushed to have extra people in the delivery room, or if they are filled with guilt over saying no. I’d definitely be sitting in the waiting room on pins and needles, excited to meet the new family member, and giving Daddy a break now and again when needed. Try and keep me away!
VFW Day – Established in 1899, today is VFW Day. The members of this great organization celebrate this birthday with pride. They have many things that they should be proud of, and to list all of their accomplishments would fill several pages, which I cannot possibly do in the space of this blog. To put it plain and simple though, their motto is “Honor the dead by helping the living.” The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Warms) objectives are:
* to ensure the national security through maximum military strength
* to assist the widows and orphans of deceased veterans, and the dependents of disabled and needed veterans
* to promote Americanism through education in patriotism and constructive service to the communities in which they live.
The VFW is a great organization. If you are eligible, please join. I’m betting you’ll be glad you did. God bless the VFW and all of our veterans.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Coffee Day – This is an annual event observed on September 29 in a handful of countries for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage – coffee. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. On this day, many businesses around the world offer free or discounted cups of coffee; some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers through social networking; and some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards as well as free e-cards to help celebrate the occasion. The exact origin of this celebration is unknown and many countries around the world participate in it. Honor your top can’t-live-without-it drink by pouring an extra cup today. Want a nibble to pair with it? There are coffee-infused meats, treats and more, too!
No matter how you are spending your day, please find some time to relax, reflecting on how blessed you are, and getting yourself recharged for the new week. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.