It is Monday again! I can’t say I’m sad to see Monday this week. After last week, a taste of normal is something I am truly looking forward to – at least for a couple of days. I’m only going to be at work Monday and Tuesday, then off for Wednesday through Friday to visit with my lovely mother-in-law, who will be joining us for family time for a few days. It is my goal to get a LOT done for the two days I am at the office so I don’t return next week to chaos in my in-box! I wouldn’t be shocked to find that tomorrow! For now, there is celebrating to do . . . so let’s get this Monday started!
Global Hug Your Kid Day – This one has sad beginnings, but the message behind it is so important. In 1988 journalist Michelle Nichols lost her eight year old son to brain cancer. She founded Global Hug Your Kids Day in 2008. It is celebrated every third Monday in July, and is intended to encourage every mother and father around the world to hug their children every day. Hugging your kids isn’t just to make them, or you, feel good. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, hugging children early in life can help to prevent toxic stress. As a result they may prevent everything from heart disease to poverty later in life. I personally struggle with the thought that some parents don’t hug their children – it just doesn’t make any logical sense to me NOT to hug your kids! But for those folks who aren’t touchy feely, get over it and grab your kids and give them a big hug. Tell you them you love them and make sure they never forget it. Now continue this into each and every day . . . eventually even the most standoffish of parents should grow to love the feeling of hugging their kids. If they don’t, well, quite honestly, I can’t deem them as normal, loving parents. Sorry – my opinion. So go hug your kids!
Legal Drinking Age Day – This one confuses me slightly. The drinking age across our country is age 21, yet everyone turns 21 on different days of the year, so who exactly would celebrate this one? I tried to look into it, but what I found was info on when and why the national drinking age was changed to 21 – and of course it all came down to bureaucratic nonsense. Typical, isn’t it? The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 (23 U.S.C. § 158) was passed on July 17, 1984 by the United States Congress. It punished every state that allowed people below 21 years old to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages by reducing its annual federal highway apportionment by 10%. This didn’t outlaw people from consuming alcohol while under 21 years of age – except in the 7 states of Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont – allowing private consumption in the presence of consenting and supervising family members in private homes. The act also did not criminalize alcohol consumed during religious occasions. This act left the decision of minimum drinking age in the hands of each state, all while punishing those that did not fall in line. I have a fundamental problem with this. Don’t get me wrong . . . I do not advocate underage drinking by any means, and of course I am adamantly opposed to drinking and driving .. . . but if our young men and women are old enough to go off to war and die for our country on the orders of our government, then they should doggone well be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in a public place, as long as it is done responsibly.
National Get Out of the Doghouse Day – Today is a day to be on your best behavior, and keep your fingers crossed about getting a suspended sentence for whatever it is you did wrong. Maybe it would be a good idea to make a stop at a card shop, or to the mall to pick up a little something to communicate how sorry you are for whatever it was you did wrong, and how hard you are going to try to do better. If you’ve been snappy with someone you love, been harsh with them for something that wasn’t their fault, or just made someone feel bad, step up and do the right thing to make amends. Don’t let too much time go by before you make it better.
No Pet Store Puppies Day – I’m sure we have ALL see signs on various stores, or internet ads, Craig’s List, and other places, shouting BULLDOG PUPPIES ON SALE! YORKIE PUPPIES AVAILABLE HERE! Have you ever given any thought to where those puppies come from, especially if they come with ridiculously low price tags? The truth is that a pure bred pup, born to a reputable breeder who raise their dogs with compassion, love and in comfortable and humane conditions, is going to come with a price tag that is likely to be a little on the high side. In this, as in most things in life, you get what you pay for, and with pets, you could not only be buying an unhealthy dog if you go for low prices, you could be contributing to the ongoing abuse of dogs that are kept in horrifying conditions merely to keep popping out litters. I will not share some of the awful pictures here – they are just too horrific to share, but please look them up and spread the word – NO PET STORE PUPPIES! Encourage people to seek out the breeders who care about the dogs, and who raise them in a healthy, safe and comfortable environment. Even better, go to a rescue organization or shelter, and adopt a pet who is just waiting for their forever family to come and take them home.
This Day In History –
1873 – Jesse James and his gang rob their first train – (The Jesse James story has become romantic legend, but don’t ever forget, he was a criminal who thought nothing of stealing and killing to take what didn’t belong to him. Sounds like a lot of people today – some things never change)
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Junk Food Day – Today is the day for many people to just give in to whatever treat is calling your name. Different people have different things they go for when they are doing a swan dive off of their healthy eating plan. Some like crunchy, some salty, for many it’s chocolate, for others its cheese. Whether you want savory or sweet, pick something that is completely off limits the rest of the days of the year. Just don’t overdo it, you wouldn’t want to wake up tomorrow with a tummy ache from too much of a good thing. Here are some thoughts that the folks at www.food.com thought fit the bill. Maybe you will too.
That’s quite a variety of celebrations, don’t you think? Some days are a one note wonder, but today it’s all over the board. Really gives a nice choice for folks who want something different to do for the day. Have a wonderful Monday, filled with love, laughter and a sense of joyous wonder. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!