It’s Cousin’s Day! Let Your Cousins Know How Much You Appreciate Them!

Jul 24th

Do you ever have something happen that just makes you feel good?  It doesn’t have to be a big thing, but it’s enough to make what would otherwise be an ordinary day just shine a little brighter.  I had one of those “somethings” yesterday and it came in the form of two very sweet teenagers.  My office mate’s daughter and nephew were hanging out in the office and offered to wash my car – no easy undertaking since my car is parked every night under a tree where lots of birds sit.  I’ve been putting it off, though it desperately needed it, because it just takes a lot of effort to get it clean and the birds see a fresh canvas to do their worst to.  With great attitudes and giving spirits the kids got it clean and made my life easier.  The gift of their time and effort put a smile on my face all the way home.  So, I know that at least one person who knows them is reading this, so please, make sure they know how much I appreciated them and how wonderful their hard work made me feel.

Amelia Earhart Day – today is the birthday of the most famous American female aviator in history.  Born in 1897, Amelia Earhart went missing on July 2, 1937 when she was attempting to fly around the world.  She and her navigator  were lost in the Pacific Ocean, heading towards a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island.  Weather conditions were less than ideal.  While they were still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that she was having a difficult time finding the island.  The radio communication faded and died, and her plane was never heard from again.  The disappearance of her plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date.  It also started rumors about what caused the disappearance.  Even now theories and speculation still exist about what happened – some of them even wonder if it was an alien abduction.  Today we remember a tireless champion for women’s rights, paving the way for future women with dreams to do something to fulfill their dreams. 

Cousin’s Day – I am the oldest of all of my cousins.  They were always enough younger than me that we were on different interest levels, but now as adults, I appreciate them so much!  We “see” each other often on Facebook, and when we have occasional family gatherings it is always as if no time has passed and we are laughing and visiting, enjoying each other very much.  Today is the day to honor your cousins, but wait! If you have cousins, that means you’re a cousin too, so this is your day as well.  If you can get together  with your cousins today, and if not at least contact them and tell them how much you love and appreciate the big part they’ve played in your life. 

National Drive-Thru Day – How many times have you been in a hurry and you whipped through the drive-thru to grab a burger or a latte?  I got to thinking about it one day and realized that each impulsive stop, oh-so-convenient since I didn’t have to get out of the car, was leading to SOOOOO many extra calories taken in.  If it hadn’t been so convenient I wouldn’t have stopped and if I had REALLY wanted what was available at that stop, then it would have been worth pulling in, stopping and getting out to order in person.  In our hurry hurry world, more and more things are as easy to get as that burger or drink.  Today, depending on where you live, you can get more than just a burger and fries at the drive thru.  You can get a six pack of  beer, make a bank deposit, and even get married without having to take off your seat belt.  There are drive thru libraries, art galleries, prayer booths, funeral parlors (seriously?) and strip clubs (eewwww) .  Stanford Hospital has even recently tested out a drive-thru emergency room to treat contagious patients during a pandemic or bio-terrorist attack.  Wow!   So, who’s bright idea was the drive-thru?  Well, Jack in the Box was America’s first drive-thru burger chain and they created “National Drive-Thru Day” to celebrate America’s love of convenience by vehicle.  Some call it ease, some call laziness – but either way, it’s definitely something that has taken our country by storm!

Tell An Old Joke Day –  I’m giggling inside as I look up this one.  I have known several people over the years who always have an old joke to tell.  Sometimes they tell the same one over and over for years, and they are just as tickled by it every time.  Today is just for them because it is “Tell An Old Joke Day”.   Jokes like “Why Did The Chicken Cross the Road?” and “Knock Knock” jokes an call today home and be raised to a new level of if not, funny, then belonging.  Jokes plan a very important role in our cultural identity, and let’s be honest, if we’re human then we most likely love to laugh.  It’s healthy and good for us to laugh. Here’s an old joke to get you through this celebration.  “My psychiatrist told me I was crazy so I told him I wanted a second opinion.  He said OK, you’re ugly too.”  hahahaha OK, that’s mean, but it’s funny too. 
This Day in History

1929 – President Hoover announces the Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war. (A lot of good that did….) 


National Tequila Day – Remember this come flu season: During the 1918 worldwide flu epidemic, Mexican doctors prescribed doses of tequila as treatment. I never knew that!


However you spend the day today, do it with a sense of fun and celebration.  No matter what is going on in the world, there’s always something to put a smile on our faces, even if it is something silly.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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