On Your Mark . . . Get Set . . . It’s Frog Jumping Day! Go, Frogs, Go!

May 13th

Good Morning and Welcome back to Monday again.  (They just keep coming around!) I hope everyone had an amazing weekend spent relaxing, or at least doing something fun, but that you got up this morning rested and ready to greet the day!  (Don’t let the upbeat demeanor fool you . . . I’m still struggling to open my eyes as this posts – thank goodness for auto-post!)  Truthfully I’m a little grateful that we are light on celebrations today.  Mother’s Day was busy running around, and to be perfectly honest, it’s nice to just have not as much partying going on today!  So, “jumping” right into the first one . . .Today is . . .

Frog Jumping Day!  Why you ask?  Well, nobody knows!  I tried to find out, but there’s a lot of guesses without any real, solid reasons.  Here’s what I can tell you . .. The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain’s first short story.  It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”.  It was later published as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.  It was also known under a 3rd title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.  OK.  That’s all nice I suppose, but still doesn’t explain why they picked today for this celebration.  It isn’t Mark Twain’s birthday, nor his death day.    So how would one celebrate this day?   You could read Mark Twain’s story – under any one of the three known titles for it, or you could jump like a frog!  Other than that, I don’t have any really constructive suggestions.

Leprechaun Day  –  Apparently the attention Leprechauns get on St Patrick’s Day just wasn’t enough!  They had to share the day with that pesky Saint, Irish Pride, and everything that went along with it.  It was decided by someone, somewhere, that  the little elves of Ireland, with their little pots of gold, needed a dedicated holiday of their own.  The legend is that if you catch a Leprechaun he must GIVE you his pot of gold.  Short of doing some Leprechaun hunting, my suggestion for celebrating this one is to take a look around you and appreciate the “gold” you have in your life. Treasure isn’t just about wealth, it’s in your relationship with God, with your family, and your friendships.   If you truly wish to make it a monetary focal point, perhaps you could spend some time today thinking of ways to increase your own pot of “gold”, or your fortune.

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Apple Pie Day – Apple became the pie of choice almost immediately with the early American colonists, probably because the fruit was abundant and easy to store in the winter.  The aroma of cinnamony, sweet and tart apple pie baking in the oven just about tops any other aroma you can come up with in the kitchen.  The only things better, in my mind anyway, would be fresh baking bread and something with peaches in it.  Here are a few apple related recipes from the folks at www.food.com.

It’s a good thing we didn’t have too much to celebrate today!  Catching a frog and getting him to jump for you could be time consuming, though not as time consuming as catching a Leprechaun.  At least that’s what I would think.  So no matter how you choose to celebrate, with Frogs, Leprechauns or Pie, I’m sure you’ll have fun with it.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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