National Handwriting Day is an opportunity to reintroduce yourself to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. The art of handwriting is becoming a lost art in this age of computers, tablets and phones – more “written” communication is done in cyber form than in actual handwritten form, and this is a sad thing! I remember endless hours of handwriting practice when I was in school, and I learned to love the written word as a result. Seeing those words, my words, appear on the page in front of me was magical in a way. I admit that I also use the computer for many things, but I do keep my day planner in written form, I make a LOT of lists by hand that I carry with me in my purse, and I keep a daily journal for activities I am participating in. A great way to celebrate this day would be to write a note or letter to a friend or a relative – make their day when they get it in the mail! National Handwriting Day was established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977. Their motive is obvious…to promote the consumption of pens, pencils, and writing paper. January 23rd was chosen because this is the birthday of John Hancock, and of course, John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
What does your handwriting say about you? Check out these interesting handwriting interpretations:
* If you round your “s’s” you like to please people, would make a great politician and are good with relationships. (have to disagree with politicians liking to please people – the ones I’ve seen are slimy, lying, pieces of dirt who only care about their own ambitions – just sayin)
* If your “s’s” are pointy you are curious and like to explore. These are the first people who get killed off in horror movies.
* If you make large loops on your “y’s,” “g’s,” and “j’s” you have a vivid imagination and are prone to exaggeration. You are rarely bored.
Regardless of whether you can tell someones personality traits by their handwriting, it’s an interesting concept and makes me wonder what a handwriting analysis would say about me? Not sure I truly want to know.
Measure Your Feet Day – This is a day set aside to, for whatever reason, measure your feet! Question marks are sort of floating around in my head, but it’s probably best not to delve too closely into this one. The only way to celebrate this day is to measure your feet! Both of them, length, then width. Maybe for fun have any little kids trace around their feet on paper, then color them! Aw, those cute little foot prints are so precious. Do it now before they grow too big – and that happens far too quickly.
The size of our feet may not seem like a big deal in our country – but for women in China it was, and still is a symbol of status and refinement to have really tiny feet. Food binding was a common practice as recently as a few decades ago. It is rare to find a woman over the age of 60 in China with feet that are longer than 4 inches. I think this is awfully sad- how deformed and painful their poor feet must be. Makes me wonder at the horrible people who decided this was beautiful and wonder why they thought that at all? I’ll take my size 9’s and be happy about them! At least they can support me wherever I go.
Did you know???
* One human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and 250,000 sweat glands.
* In America, the most common shoe size for women is 8 1/2 and for men it is 10 1/2. These are both up one full size from 30 years ago!
* Stinky feet aren’t caused by sweat. They are the result of odor-causing bacteria that get trapped by socks and shoes. The bacteria then thrive in the moist, warm environment and begin to stink.
* Foot fetishes are relatively common. Several celebrities have admitted to being attracted to feet. Among them are director Quentin Tarantino, rapper/actor Ludacris, and rocker Tommy Lee. (ewwww!)
It’s probably a good thing that congress didn’t take the time to declare this a “national” day . . . but with the way things are going with Congress, I suppose it could happen. Stranger things definitely have in recent months and years.
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day – Now THIS is an interesting, and somewhat destructive holiday. Not one I would hope anyone would truly celebrate in earnest – but more tongue in cheek over something happening accidentally. This day was created by the good people at Wellcat Holidays, and gives all the snowplow drivers the chance to have some fun competing to see who can knock down the most mailboxes. I’d hope they’d complete the game by replacing them later, but that’s just a mailbox owner talking. 🙂
It’s been a big day of celebrating, and drooling over the thought of pie is exhausting. Someday I’ll be at my goal weight, running regular 5K’s and able to afford the extra calories – until then, these food days are best left to imagine and appreciate from afar. I suppose I will finish the day by measuring my feet, finding the ONE good thing about now having snow is keeping my mailbox upright, writing a list and updating my journal, and thanking God that we always have a reason to Celebrate Every Day. Be blessed today and I’ll see you tomorrow.