After a wonderful weekend, it’s back to work!!! Everyone ready for Monday? No? Sorry . . . I doubt any of us are truly ever ready for a Monday, but it’s here and we have to just roll with it! The morning sun is arriving a little later each day . . . it was a little surprising on Friday when I opened the windows when I got up and it was barely light out. It’s funny how quickly we get used to the sun being up before we are, isn’t it? Before we know it we’ll be getting up and going to work in the dark, and coming home in the dark too. I don’t mind it in the afternoon, but sometimes in the mornings it makes it a little difficult to get out of bed.
Presidential Joke Day – Presidents have a sense of humor. Some have a CRUEL sense of humor and put the joke on the whole country – but that’s not the kind of humor we are talking about today. Many people think that today is a day to make jokes about the president – well I may well do that, but that’s not what this is. This is the day for presidents to actually make a joke. On this day in 1984 President Ronald Reagan (BEST PRESIDENT EVER!) made a doozie of a joke. Just before his regular Saturday radio address he was doing a voice test with the microphone. He thought the mic and the feed was not live, so he joked into the microphone: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes”. Imagine his shock when he realized he was on a live feed! This incident led to the creation of “Presidential Joke Day”. Most American presidents will not make it a habit to perform jokes on, or to, the American public on this day, or any other. Keep in mind that SOME presidents, even without intending to be, ARE a living, breathing, walking joke on this nation every moment of every day. I think we all know who I am talking about.
Son and Daughter Day – This is a day to spend with your children. Our sons and daughters are everything to parents! At least mine are to me. Raising happy, well adjusted children in today’s hive mentality world isn’t easy, and we aren’t always highly successful. Kids will grow up and do things we don’t approve of, but that doesn’t make them any less beloved to us. I wish I could spend today with my children, however it isn’t to be. Whenever the chance does come up to even steal a few minutes with one of them, I do. This isn’t a day of giving or receiving gifts, unless it is the gift of time. If your kids are grown, give them a call. Tell them what an amazing and wonderful thing raising them was, tell them how proud you are and how much you appreciate them. Flaws and all, they are so important to us. Besides, we all have flaws, we have all failed. Put those things aside and love on your kids today. If you are blessed to still have them at home, do something wonderful together. Go for a walk, go to the beach, play games, laugh together. Make a happy memory with them that will stay in their minds and hearts forever. Someday they will look back and they will tell the story of those times to their own children. Besides, God gave us our kids. They are gifts, and we have been given instructions by Him to raise them up right, to be shining examples to them, and to nurture our relationships with them. This doesn’t end when they move out. It ends the day we die and they carry on with the lessons they have learned from us.
This Day In History –
1966 – The Beatles begin their last US concert tour.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Raspberry Tart Day – Well, doesn’t this sound delicious? I cannot begin to tell you how hungry I suddenly am for a raspberry tart! Traditionalists may demand that tarts only have a shortbread crust. But we won’t tell if you want to make yours with graham crackers or chocolate cookies!
- White Chocolate Fruit Tart
- Raspberry Creme Fraiche Tart
- Raspberry Chocolate Tartlets
- White Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets
- White Chocolate Raspberry Tart With Nuts
- Raspberry Creme Brulee Tartlets
I’m always happy to celebrate my children, and now my grandchildren, so this one is super easy for me to enjoy. I’ll have to celebrate with them by phone or email, but I’ll still celebrate that they are incredible and special people in my life.