My Kids Are Absolutely Incredible . . . Are Yours?

Mar 15th

Holy Humor – Joke of the Day

Preachers dying wish

An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his banker and his lawyer, both church members, to come to his home.
When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the preacher held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed. The preacher grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled, and stared at the ceiling.
For a time, no one said anything.Both the banker and lawyer were touched and flattered that the preacher would ask them to be with him during his final moments. They were also puzzled; the preacher had never given them any indication that he particularly liked either of them. They both remembered his many long, uncomfortable sermons about greed, covetousness, and avaricious behavior that made them squirm in their seats.
Finally, the banker said, “Preacher, why did you ask us to come?”
The old preacher mustered up his strength and then said weakly, “Jesus died between two thieves, and that’s how I want to go.”

Everything You Think is Wrong Day – Have you ever had “one of THOSE days”, when it feels like absolutely nothing goes right?  Me too!  All the time actually!  Today is a special day that recognizes that everyone has a bad day now and again, and it can even happen to you, hopefully not very often though.  If you think everything is going wrong today . . . give it 24 hours  Tomorrow everything should be right again.

 

The Ides of March and Brutus Day (they are connected in a way) –       “Beware the Ides of March!” Chances are you remember this famous line spoken by the soothsayer to Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” The words were a warning to Caesar of his impending death on March 15.  The Ides of March — or March 15 — was just a day chosen by Shakespeare. Prior to that time it was not associated with any type of bad luck or doom. “The word ides comes from the Latin word “idus,” which means half-division, and in the Roman calendar refers to the approximate day that was the middle of the month. Ides was also used for the 15th day of May, July and October”.  Brutus Day is celebrated to remind us of all the real life “Brutuses” we encounter in our daily lives. Maybe your Brutus is a jealous coworker or vindictive ex. We never know who might be out to get us, so on this day you should watch your back and trust no one!  A good way to celebrate this day is to watch the 2011 movie “The Ides of March” starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.

Dumbstruck Day – There are just people in this life who are overwhelmed by everything around them.  The events they face just leave them dumbstruck.  It’s ok to be dumbstruck once in awhile – hopefully not too often though  – but it can be somewhat embarrassing.  Today though, is the day let all of that go, have no guilt or shame and just be dumbstruck if the need hits.

 

Buzzards Day – There is an old Wyandot tribal legend that tells of a squaw who was hanged for witchcraft below the ledges of the Rocky River in Ohio.  They say that her spirit still remains and beckons thousands of buzzards to return each year on March 15th to that very spot.  It was named Buzzard Day by the locals in Hinckley Township, and the event marks the coming spring and people for many miles around celebrate it.  The buzzards though, they are actually turkey vultures, and they are very interesting birds!  Here are a few things I bet you didn’t know about turkey vultures . . .

*  Turkey vultures have bald heads so that dead meat doesn’t stick to their skin like it would to feathers.

*  Turkey vultures are the only scavenger birds that can’t kill their prey.

*  During hot summer months, turkey vultures . . . um . . . poo . . . on their feet to help keep them cool.   (If I were a turkey vulture I would be humiliated that all of you now know that)

Absolutely Incredible Kids Day –  Oh sure, your kid is probably pretty good. But, my kids are absolutely incredible!  As a parent, I am going to take full advantage of being the author of this blog to exercise my bragging rights, and to let you know that my kids are amazing.   If the meaning and purpose of this day escapes you, even after reading the 1st couple of sentences of this section, then I’m guessing you probably aren’t a parent yet.  When kids start arriving, trust me, you will use this special day to full advantage and profess to the entire world how incredible your kids are.  Of course, that COULD mean they revert back to being maybe less than amazing the next day, and some kids will go from incredible to bratty – depends on the kid!  You probably know that baby goats are called kids . . . I suppose some people could think this day is about really incredible goats.  Nah, never mind that, celebrate today by letting your children know that you think they are wonderful and how much you love them.

National Pears Helene Day – In 1864, Auguste Escoffier  created a very special dessert and named it after “La belle Helene,” an operetta by Jacques Offenbach. The dessert — Pears Helene — consists of pears that have been poached in sugar syrup and then topped with vanilla ice cream, crystallized violets and chocolate syrup. Yum!  There are a lot of desserts that feature pears, so maybe try some of these!  I’ve included a recipe that I found for  Pears Helene.  Enjoy!

Celebrating the little things, every day, can’t be wrong – even if it IS Everything You Think is Wrong Day!  Don’t be dumbstruck by it though – because this day will pass.  Sorry – couldn’t resist.  This is a day to be lived fully, as is every day, and we survive the big things, by celebrating the small ones.  God Bless You today and every day.  I’ll see you tomorrow. (By the way, have I mentioned lately that my kids are AWESOME?)

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