George Washington’s Birthday – George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. He became commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and fought a long and difficult war for freedom from British rule. The war was finally over in 1781 when the Continental Army, with the help of the French, forced Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown. Washington was unanimously elected president in 1787 by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and took the oat of office in 1789. He served two terms of office from 1789 until 1797. He came to be known The Father of Our Country. After the presidency,. Washington retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, where he died December 14, 1799 of a throat infection. Happy Birthday Mr. President.
Be Humble Day – The intent today is to, well, be humble! It is not a day to brag or boast, not a time to talk about your success or accomplishments, which can be a humbling experienced – how appropriate is THAT? Humbleness is a good thing, a virtue. I know I’d much prefer being around a humble person oer a braggart. Practice being humble today . . . and every day – it will serve you well in life. One very important exception today . . . though you can’t brag about yourself, it is VERY important to brag about your kids today . . . or any day for that matter.
Walking the Dog Day – Spending time with our dogs is always special, but they get such excitement when it comes time for their walk. And today’s walk is extra special since it’s Walk The Dog Day! I know that when I get the leash out of the closet for Tibbi she literally dances in place. Sadly, her arthritis and hips don’t allow us to go further than about a block before she starts hurting and limping. But back in the day she definitely loved her long walks. If you have a dog that is young and energetic enough for a walk, put on those walking shoes, grab the leash and hit the trail! You’ll both be glad you did.
International World Thinking Day – just think, a day set aside just to ponder and contemplate anything you wish to give some thought to! This day is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and other girl groups. The original idea was to set aside a day for girls all over the world to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to “sister” Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the chance for girls (young and less young) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout or Girl Guide to participate in this day. It is actually encouraged for all females, both young and old, to learn a little more about health issues today.
As you head out to start your day, remember that there is always something, somewhere to celebrate. So whether you’re doing some heavy thinking, walking your dog – thinking WHILE you’re walking the dog, or just humbly celebrating George Washington’s birthday – do it with a smile. God bless you – I’ll see you tomorrow.