Thirty years ago today, I became a young mother to the most beautiful baby girl in the world. I was a baby having a baby, barely knew what I THOUGHT I wanted to be when I grew up, and I knew even less about how to raise a child. When I found out I was pregnant at 18 years old, I was so scared, uncertain and filled with a sense of helplessness. I quietly put away thoughts of college for a later date that never happened, and threw myself into being pregnant, newly married and preparing to be a mother. With each passing week, as my tummy got bigger and bigger, my fears sort of passed away and were replaced by a contentment like I’d never experienced up to that point. I was where I needed to be, doing what I needed to do, in a world where the only thing I was certain of was that I loved this little life that was growing inside of me. I will never forget every detail of the day my child decided to come into the world, nearly three weeks early. My mother had taken me to my weekly check-up, and we were to head to the mall to go shopping and have lunch afterward. Since I was hungry all of the time at that point, the lunch was more my focus then the shopping was, since I’d not eaten much since the night before. My doctor started asking me odd questions, and as my tummy grumbled from being so hungry, I answered them. The sooner I got finished with these stupid questions, the sooner I could get something in front of me to eat! “Are you in pain?” “No, I am not in pain”. “Are you cramping? ” ” No, I am not.” “Are you feeling ANYthing at all that would be considered to be painful AT ALL?” “No I told you, I’m fine! Hungry, but fine!” Turns out I was in the end stages of labor and didn’t have all that long to go until my child was going to make her appearance. He made my mother take me straight to the hospital, no stopping for lunch, which really irritated me, and sure enough, less than 5 hours later I was holding my daughter in my arms, not one labor pain experienced from beginning to end – thanks to drugs I didn’t ask for and was given just 15 minutes before I had her. They laid that beautiful little girl in my arms, and after an appropriate response of how beautiful she was, I said, with all the feeling I had inside of me . . . “I’d better have a turkey sandwich on an onion bun waiting for me when I get to my room. . . I’m hungry and you’ve been starving me all day.” Yeah, I guess we all have our priorities. Happy Birthday my darling girl. I love you with everything in me. My life is better because you are in it.
So, let’s see what celebrations have the honor of sharing with my girl! They are sure lucky to shine on the same day that she does!
National Pig Day – Today we recognize the importance, and sweetness, of domesticated pigs. Pigs are smart animals, yet most people don’t realize how smart they really are! They can be taught to do tricks, and if you’re keeping one as a house pet, they can be potty trained! This celebration is observed by zoos, and they hold activities like snort offs, pig outs and online pig chats. Not sure how that last one works, but it definitely sounds interesting. I’ve always thought a pot bellied pig would be a fun pet . . . but I think a lot of animals would make a great pet and we just don’t have the room for all of them! Enjoy today and honor a pig if you get the chance . . . and no, having bacon for breakfast does not qualify this time.
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – We stand up and salute America’s favorite sandwich spread today. Can you think of any kid who didn’t grow up loving PB & J sandwiches (barring those who are allergic, of course). Smooth peanut butter is more popular than crunchy – but I can’t figure out why. I absolutely LOVE the crunchy stuff – especially in cookies. Think of all the ways you can eat peanut butter, and they are all good! On crackers, celery and other “holders”. It is used in cookies and candies, and I honestly love it in sauces over chicken and veges – like Thai Chicken! Yum! Did you know that peanut butter is 90% or more peanuts? If you get the natural brands, they are ALL peanut! If you can, enjoy something made with peanut butter today!
Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day – All of America’s military and veterans deserve our gratitude, and today we pay tribute to the United States Asiatic Fleet. The U.S. Navy has had a presence in the far east since about 1822. The Asiatic Fleet was formed in 1902, and reestablished in 1910 and served into 1942. The Fleet protected American lives through years of unrest. They also helped civilian areas that had been devastated by forces of nature and internal warfare. When the attack on Pearl Harbor threw the United States into World War II, the Asiatic Fleet played a key part in defending the Philippines. The Fleet was outnumbered and outgunned at sea and in the air, but were joined by ships of the British, Dutch and Australian navies to oppose the Japanese advance through what is now Indonesia. The Fleet’s destroyers hit the Japanese at Balikpapan and Badung Strait, and the cruiser Marblehead fought through massive air attacks off Bali while submarines, which were short of fuel and torpedoes, hit the Japanese supply lines. The battle reached its height in the Java Sea. In the early hours of March 1, 1942, the American cruiser Houston and the Australian cruiser Perth, outnumbered and outgunned, fought to the last in the Sunda Strait. They went down with their guns still firing, followed just hours later by the British cruiser Exeter. The rest of the Allied ships were ordered to head to Australia. It was the end of the Asiatic Fleet, but it left behind a heritage of courage and selfless dedication which encouraged our Navy to ultimate victory in World War II. The Seventh Fleet carries on the Asiatic Fleet’s duties, helping to preserve peace in East Asia, earning honor in the Korean and Vietnam wars. The brave men and women in our Naval services who saw the Cold War come to a peaceful end, and won victory in Operation Desert Storm, do honor to the sailors and Marines who earned glory in the Java Sea. Today we pay tribute to the memory of the Asiatic Fleet, calling on all Americans to salute its proud heritage of bravery and honor. Below is a copy and paste of the proclamation by President Bush, declaring this a National holiday:
“The Congress, by Public Law 105-261, on October 17, 1998, has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in commemoration of the United States Navy Asiatic Fleet. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, March 1, 2002, as U.S. Navy Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-fifth. “
National Horse Protection Day – When we think of horses, what comes to mind? Maybe a beautiful horse standing in a field, or a peaceful ride through green meadows and on sun dappled paths through the woods? This is a beautiful picture, but sadly, there is a lot of cruelty that happens outside the scenes in the movies, or the well-cared for horses we see in the countryside. Some horses are subjected to unimaginable abuse and slaughter by cruel and horrible people. It is considered normal to eat horse meat in some countries of the world, and it is even eaten in some places in our own country. This breaks my heart and is definitely not something I would voluntarily eat. Beyond that though, the abuse and cruelty, the horrible neglect, has got to be addressed and stopped! I just don’t comprehend it! In 2004 there was a bill passed called the Wild Horse Protection Act that made it OK to slaughter wild horses. In 2009 the Bureau of Land Management that farms these wild horses decided that they were going to get rid of 620 of them. Why? Because they were “trampling the landscape”. Seriously! They wanted to slaughter these beautiful animals for trampling the landscape? They are wild horses! What did they expect? It was said that the BLM was abandoning the care of the horses in favor of political interests. Sadly, that sounds like it is likely true – considering how I feel about most politicians. So what can people who love horses do to demonstrate how much they care? Well, the number one way, if you possibly can, would be to adopt a horse! If you have the ability and resources to bring a horse into your family, you would be showing great kindness to an animal that needs it. That isn’t practical though, not for everyone. You can get into the National Horse Protection Day website and see different options for helping out that may fit better into your life and know that you’ve done a good thing.
Sock Monkey Day – Sock Monkeys have been popular for years, with the popularity waning for awhile, but in recent years making a comeback. have you ever stopped and wondered where the cute little Sock Monkey originated? Well, it goes back to when the stuffed animal craze swept across Europe and the United States during the Great Depression. Money was scarce and people could not afford something as frivolous as a stuffed animal, so the American Mom, being ever creative and resourceful, started making stuffed monkey dolls made out of socks, filling them with whatever happened to be on hand – paper, rice, even old pantyhose. In 1932, the Nelson Knitting Company in Rockford, IL invented a work sock with a trademarked red heel. They became the most popular work sock of their time, and the basis for one of the most popular and long lasting toys. When they are made into a doll, the red sock heel makes a distinctive red mouth. The Nelson Knitting Company became aware that their socks were being used to make what was becoming a very popular toy. They made the decision to patent the pattern for the Sock Monkey doll and use it in their advertising and promotions. They even put a pattern in with every pair of their socks that they sold! The sock monkey has taken on new forms and faces, but the original is still very popular and well loved. There is even an annual Sock Monkey Festival held in Rockford, IL where visitors can enjoy a museum honoring this wonderful little guy that has brought so many smiles to so many faces for over 100 years. The Sock Monkey is as all American as apple pie! If you don’t have one of your own, think about either getting one, or making one today!
World Compliment Day – Today is the most positive day in the world. it is hard to argue that point when everyone is going around complimenting each other. There is an art to a good compliment though. A true compliment must be genuine and heart felt, or the person being compliment will see straight through to the insincerity. There is also a way to accept a compliment – with graciousness – a simple Thank You is all that is needed. If done properly, Compliment day can be a force for good in this crazy world. Today, try to find something to compliment about everyone you see. I realize that for some this could be a challenge, but do your best.
This Day In History –
1872 – Yellowstone becomes the U.S.’s first national park.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Nutrition Month – That New Year’s resolution may not have stuck, but it’s never too late to reboot your healthy diet. Fill your plate with some of these super food-packed dishes.
It’s time to go bake a special treat for my daughter’s birthday celebration. I hope you find something wonderful to enjoy today with all the choices today. Sugar Free Gluten Free cookies coming up! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!