Let’s get this Friday started with some fun celebrations, shall we?
Be Late For Something Day – Ah, finally a day for procrastinators. There are millions of people who never seem to be able to stay on schedule, and they need a day too! I admit, I am one of those people who isn’t necessarily late for everything, but I do sort of run at the edge of it most of the time. There’s always one last little detail to attend to before I race out the door. Being late once in awhile is a common occurrence. We all have something come up from time to time that keeps us from being right on time, and honestly, as long as it’s not perpetual, nor intentional, it’s forgivable. ONCE IN AWHILE. Enjoy today though – it’s sort of your pass. It doesn’t translate into days after today.
Bring Your Manners To Work Day – How many hours a week do we spent at work? I venture to say that it’s far more than we spend at home. This makes it very important to have a good relationship with both our colleagues and our customers. This celebration was created by the “Protocol School of Washington” to remind people of how important it is to treat others with courtesy and respect in the workplace (though I venture to say that it’s important EVERYWHERE!) Everyone should use good manners, no matter where they are, don’t you think? Some common bad manners at work include things like having loud ringtones, not cleaning up after yourself, being polite in conversation, and other such things. Now, even though this is a celebration for one day of the year, you should not limit being polite to just the one day. It is just a reminder of how important it is to be courteous and use manners EVERY day. So be nice!
Jury Rights Day – Today we celebrate Jury Rights Day. So where did this day get its start? From what I found, on this day in 1670 Quaker William Penn of London was arrested, pled not guilty and subsequently argued against England’s Conventicle Acts, which outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England. The judge told the jurors to find Penn guilty, and their refusal to enforce a bad law led to the court jailing and withholding food and water from the jurors. Some of the jurors appealed their fines and imprisonment. The higher court confirmed the right of the jurors to base their verdict on their best judgment and conscience. Even though there was a law against freedom of religion, the high court said that juries could not be required to enforce any law that they thought was wrong. The higher court ruling also established that jurors cannot be punished for their verdict, which set a foundation for our rights of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. This ruling established protection for the jury, and firmly established the right of the jurors to refuse to accept bad government laws. This refusal of bad laws is called jury nullification or jury veto. Through jury nullification, people can control their government by refusing to allow bad laws to be enforced. Jurors are also not required to give a reason for the verdict they give. The fundamental right of jurors to render their verdict based on conscience is basic to the preservation of justice in a free society. And as for William Penn? He later came to Colonial America and founded Pennsylvania. Jurors continue to have the authority to nullify bad laws, which is our protection to stop corrupt government servants from violating our rights. (lately I don’t see this as working all that well as more and more of our rights are being stepped on – but that’s my personal opinion)
National Lazy Mom’s Day – This one has me scratching my head because the words “lazy” and “Mom” don’t generally fit well into the same sentence. Sure, there must be some lazy mom’s out there but most just have too much going on for that to happen! However, from what I can tell this is not a day celebrating lazy mothers, but a day during which mother’s are able to take what is usually a busy day and be lazy. One single day of doing absolutely nothing. No laundry, no dishes, no cooking . . . just channel surfing, chatting with friends, reading a book, lazing in the tub . . . whatever do-nothing thing strikes our fancy. If you have a family that is on board with this holiday, maybe they’ll do all of those things for you . . . if not, well, you’ll have to crack the whip tomorrow to make them help you catch up. For right now though? Just be lazy!
This Day In History –
1698 – Russian Czar Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards. (WHY?)
1774 – The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cheese Pizza Day – Well, I can honestly say, I love pizza. And I love pizza best when it has LOTS of ooey gooey cheese on it! Whether it’s Chicago-style deep dish, a crispy and thin-crusted pie or a classic doughy Neapolitan slice, cheese pizza is an undeniable favorite. In fact, 94% of Americans eat pizza on a regular basis! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . . (this is a picture of the last deep dish pizza I made – can you see Tibbi peeking up from the left side? She always hopes something will accidentally find its way into her bowl.)
I hope your Friday will be a wonderful one, and you head into the weekend loving your family and appreciating the time you are able to spend with them! Have some pizza, be polite to people and most of all, find joy in the little things and celebrate them with everything in you. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.