By the time I get this posted this morning, I know it will be a little later than I’d like. Not as late as it would be on a weekend when I’m sleeping in, but not as early as I prefer them to be on a week day. There’s a reason for this . . . and some of you will understand and some won’t care. I am a HUGE fan of the T.V. show “24”. I’ve loved it since Season 1, and along with all of the other fans out there I was really looking forward to this surprise season that just started on Monday night, because there wasn’t supposed to be another season. It’s such a popular show and I guess the demand was so high that here we are . . . it’s only 9 episodes, instead of the 24 we usually get . . . but I know for everyone out there who loves to watch Jack get the bad guys, we’ll take what we can get. We recorded it on Monday night so we could watch it last night without commercials. As usual, I found myself holding my breath for part of the episode . . . it’s THAT exciting! By the time it was over I couldn’t force myself to relax enough to get into celebration mode . . . good thing today is my day off from work so I can get it done this morning!
Bike To School Day- The first annual Bike To School Day was held in 2012. The idea behind it builds on how popular and successful that International Walk To School Day is each October. It encourages a bicycle focused celebration during the month of May. The National Center serves as an information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program, which assists states and communities to help kids safely walk and bike to school. Safe routes throughout communities ensure that children arrive to their destination and home again. Now, where I live, the kids wouldn’t be able to bike to school – we are at least 20 minutes from the nearest school by bus, which wouldn’t allow the children to enjoy this day, but the kids who live in town may very well be able to do so safely and with a great sense of community. Especially today. The sun is shining, it is going to be a pleasant temperature and the perfect spring day to enjoy biking to school. . . or anywhere!
Great American Grump Out – I had to laugh about this one. We all know grumps, right? We have AT LEAST ONE in our lives that popped into our heads the moment we saw the name of this celebration. If you say you don’t know any grumps . . . well, does that mean the grump is you? Today there should be no whining, frowning, complaining, frustration, or rolling of the eyes (this one may KILL the teenagers) for 24 full hours! It may surprise you – especially if you’ve never heard of this one – that this is the 13th annual Grump Out Day! It isn’t easy to stay clear of all of the situations that may cause us to be grumpy – assuming of course that we aren’t grumpy by nature – and short tempered. Quite honestly, today is less about the people who are grumpy as it is about the poor folks who have to DEAL with the grumpy people. It’s depressing to be around people who are short-tempered, snappy, negative and morose! If you work with a grumpy person then you may find yourself dreading heading to work, and exhausted emotionally when you get done. There are some fun ways to combat the grumpies . . . go to the park and be a kid again for a little while and play on the swings! Skip as you make your way back to your car . . . you can’t be grumpy while skipping! Get an ice cream cone with sprinkles on top. Seriously, can you imagine being grumpy while eating sprinkles? I can’t! And please, if nothing else, smile. I know, those smile muscles may be rusty, but work one up . . . it’s good for your face, it’s good for everyone around you, but it’s especially good for your spirit.
School Nurse Day – As we read yesterday, this is National Nurses Week. All nurses are honored this week, but today we are specifically going to let School Nurses know that we appreciate them. When many of us were kids I’m sure that being a school nurse was a challenge, but these days it’s nearly impossible! I remember growing up, especially as I got to the point of being in Junior High and High School, I carried painkillers with me. I’d get headaches, there were female issues that caused discomfort. If a friend had cramps, I’d give her a couple of Motrin. No problem. NOW? Having pain killers at school is a punishable offense. If a child has asthma and KNOWS how and when to use their inhaler, they can’t! If a kid is taking antibiotics as prescribed by their doctor, they can’t take them on their own. It’s ridiculous! The nanny state has taken over to the point that kids can’t take care of simple things themselves, but have to depend on going to the school office to get what they need . . . but only with a parent’s written note . . . and all of that is up to the school nurse to moderate. So, put this into perspective. You have a middle school with 300 students – and that’s a modest estimate of the number of students in many middle schools – and of those students say 100 of them have regular medication they take, or potentially would need to take – for asthma, allergies, infections, etc. Every one of those kids has to have their parent take the medicine to the school, with a permission slip and a doctor’s note in many cases, and leave it in the office. When the time of day comes for the child to take their medicine, they have to hot foot it to the office, check in with the nurse and be given what they need. Now, of the remaining 200 kids, say another 100 of them occasionally need painkillers for headaches, cramps, injuries, etc. These kids also have to have the required permissions slips and medication dropped off in the office to leave with the nurse. So there’s the nurse, going to work each day, with a steady stream of students throughout the day coming to the office to be given their medicine. That alone is enough to keep the poor nurse running like a crazy person, but you add to all of that the kids that are injured during the day. Maybe they’ve hurt themselves in P.E., cut themselves in shop (or whatever they are calling it now), fallen down and skinned a knee, gotten into a scuffle with another student, maybe had a sudden nose bleed . . . I’m exhausted just thinking about it! Please, if you have a kid in school, whether they see the nurse every day or not, please show that poor nurse some appreciation! There’s such a load on their shoulders that you wouldn’t want them to suddenly quit! A big thank you should do the trick, and a coffee shop gift card or two wouldn’t hurt as a little bonus.
National Barrier Awareness Day – It is no secret that I feel that the best President we ever had was Ronald Reagan. It came as no surprise to me that he signed this Proclamation 5472 declaring May 7, 1986 to be the first National Barrier Awareness Day. I can’t possibly say it better than he did, so here is his proclamation:
“Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.
Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed….”
Bless him for that, and may the barriers continue to be broken down so that those who face them no longer be kept from achieving their dreams and goals because of these sorts of struggles.
National Tourism Day – Tourism keeps communities alive. It’s true! I live in a very tourist driven area . . . yes, we have the military bases which keep a constant flow of new residents to the area, but what keeps the little towns alive are the tourists. We may grumble about them slowly ambling down the street when we are in a hurry to get where we are going, but without them, the streets and stores would be empty and those businesses that are usually bustling with shoppers – especially on the weekends – would be closing down. Today is a good day for towns and different tourist attractions around the country to promote their area, attract new customers and build up businesses. Some towns will have big events, maybe a week long celebration or festival. The advertising that goes along with these festivals, along with discounts and promotions, will go a long way to helping these communities keep their tourists coming in and livening up their towns.
This Day In History –
1789 – The first inaugural ball is held in honor of George Washington and his wife .
1888 – George Eastman patents the Box Camera. 1934 – The World’s largest pearl (6.4kg.) was discovered in the Philippines. 1941 – Big band leader Glenn Miller records the “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. 1945 – Germany signs an unconditional surrender at Rhims, France, ending WWII in Europe. 1970 – The Beatles last album is released- “Long and Winding Road”.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day – An Easter favorite, leg of lamb is easy enough to cook that it can be an everyday dinner, but it’s also fancy enough for a special celebration.
So now we know we can’t be grumpy today . . . I do love pictures of that cat though! I lose the grumpiness just by looking that cute, frowning face. We also know to give lots of appreciation to the school nurse – trust me he/she deserves it! And of course everything else we celebrate today will make the day a great one. The sun shining doesn’t hurt either. I’d best get to my long Wednesday list! Lots to do and only so many hours of daylight to do it! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!