It’s Thursday already . . . the week is flying by at an amazing rate! Before we know it we will be right into a three day weekend. I know we’re all looking forward to that! After the week everyone has had, from the scandals swirling through our country’s administration (I won’t elaborate further than that – it just makes me too mad), the devastation suffered in Oklahoma, to various other issues of the day, well, we need a bit of a break! In the meantime, we have a few fun things to celebrate today.
It’s Lucky Penny Day – I remember my Grandma always called single pieces of candy “penny candy”. I always wondered why since candy never cost a penny at any point in my memory, but I remember she always called it that. Apparently before I was born my Mom could take a penny down to the “5 and Dime” and get penny candy for a treat. I sometimes wish I had been alive during that time, especially since there’s so much about that time period that agrees with my life views besides their candy prices. Lucky Penny Day is the day to find a penny – heads up of course – for good luck. An upside down penny won’t bring you luck, it just gives you a penny. Due to inflation they say the penny may be on the production line chopping block, but it still is worth something in my mind. They still add up to $1.00 if you get 100 of them, and they work really well for scratching off lottery tickets. As far as I’m concerned, pick up any penny you find, hang onto it, put it with all the other pennies you find and eventually you’ll have a bunch of lucky money to spend on something fun.
World Crohn’s and Colitis Day – Inflammatory Bowel Disease, consisting of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease, are two severe chronic digestive diseases that are said to affect millions of people across the globe. They cause the intestinal tissue and digestive system to form sores, can easily bleed and become inflamed. There is no cure so far, nor even a known cause, and there is little public understanding of the pain and suffering of the people coping with them. During this day it is hoped that the challenges and needs of IBD patients can become better known, and as there is more help and support, the burden of these people who suffer can be lightened.
World Turtle Day – Turtles and tortoises are the world’s oldest creatures. They are reptiles, characterised by a special bony shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing due to habitat destruction, the cruel pet trade, and the exotic food industry. You can do a few things to help save turtles and tortoises for the next generation. Never buy them from a pet shop, since it increases the demand from the wild. Never take them from the wild unless they are sick or injured. If one is crossing a busy street (if you happen to live somewhere that one is likely to do that), pick it up, move it across the street and let it continue on its way, in the same direction it was already going. Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal shelter.
National Taffy Day – One thing I have always loved when going to the ocean is going into those waterfront stores and getting a big variety of different flavors of saltwater taffy. I love the stuff! I can eat it until I nearly make myself sick on it, and still want more. So, who created saltwater taffy? Regrettably, that fact is unknown, but the sale of saltwater taffy has been recorded, specifically in Atlantic City business districts as early as 1889. Joseph Fralinger is widely considered to be the first salesman of salt water taffy, selling his delicious candy at fairs and along the Jersey Shore. Another mystery is the origins of the name “salt water taffy.” In fact, there is no salt water in the (though there is a slight amount of salt). According to stories, the Atlantic City boardwalk was damaged during a storm in the summer of 1883, which included David Bradley’s store. The next day, children asked him for taffy, but he changed the name to “salt water taffy” because his confection had been soaked by sea water, and the name stuck! The popularity of salt water taffy peaked in the 1920s, when more than 450 manufacturers were making it. Although several people have tried to claim salt water taffy as their own, the U.S. Supreme Court determined in 1923 that the product has no legal attachment to one company or individual.
Childhood memories come together today with the Lucky Pennies and the Salt Water Taffy. Ah, looking back makes me feel a little wistful to have a couple of those moments back again, especially the ones with my Grandma, looking over the Penny Candy at the store. Thought I can’t turn back the clock, I can be grateful for the memories I hold so dear. Have a wonderful day and if you get the chance, get a few pieces of salt water taffy, savor it, and think back to the first time you had it as a kid. Yum! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!