It’s Wednesday again, and once again I’m up and at this a little later than I’d like. I seem just fine with getting things done on time on other days, but when I know I can get to it a little later because of having the day off, I tend to get a little behind. Sorry about that. I needed a little time to process the seriousness of this first observance today. So here we go . . .
Police Officer’s Memorial Day – My son is a police officer, and every single day I pray that this day will never be about him. I know that this sounds selfish, in light of how many officers make the supreme sacrifice while doing their jobs, but I’m a mother and the thought of losing my boy to the act of some criminal chills me to the bone. I know that this is the same emotion experienced by every parent, grandparent, spouse and sibling of police officers everywhere. When my son was in the police academy our county lost a well-respected and very much loved State Trooper. Trooper Tony was horribly and senselessly slaughtered while making a traffic stop. The county still grieves over his loss. They always will. While at my son’s graduation from the police academy, as I walked through the Memorial for fallen officers, in that hushed and hallowed garden, my heart was heavy at all of the names etched onto the stones. I prayed, so selfishly, that my son’s name would never appear on those stones, that he would be protected by the hand of God. Unfortunately the list of names, that agonizingly sad, long list of names, was on the pillars, there forever as a reminder of lives cut short while doing what they believed, for serving the communities they cared so deeply about. This day was set up by the people I don’t want to be, the people who have lost their loved ones to senseless criminal acts by the monsters they try to take off the streets. This day honors and remembers police officers who gave their lives while on duty. These men and women protect and serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. It is a dangerous job and though they know that they are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe, they accept those risks. Today please show your respect and appreciation for police officers everywhere . . . today . . . everyday.
There are so many ways that you can show your appreciation and respect for officers who serve, and those who have fallen. Say thank you when you see them, and rather than be angry or frustrated if they pull you over, know they are doing their job and you probably shouldn’t have been speeding (or whatever you were doing to be pulled over) anyway. Make a donation to a police officer fund or memorial. Participate in activities honoring officers who have died on duty. Mostly, just be respectful and grateful for the police officers who are there for you every day, whether you see them or not.
Hyperemisis Gravidarum Awareness Day – Today was a big one for illnesses. I chose just one because otherwise it would have been a day focused on sadness and heavy subjects. This one has been in the spotlight lately, so I figured I’d choose this one as a focus. What is interesting is that I’ve never heard of it before this, and I’m betting many of you have not heard of it either. For those of you who avidly follow the news of the royals in England, you may have heard that Mom-to-be Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was hospitalized while suffering from Hyperemisis Gravidarum (HG). This is a serious, and frequently misdiagnosed condition that is marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration, unrelenting nausea and vomiting. The disease increases the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and low birth weight, and is the 2nd leading cause of hospitalization during pregnancy, impacting up to a half a million women each year. Sadly, in spite of this, little funding is granted for research. Until Duchess Kat was hospitalized, most people had never heard of HG, yet many have known women who are expecting babies who have suffered from extremely severe illness that was likely misdiagnosed as morning sickness. Current treatments are not adequate to prevent the loss of very much wanted babies by these mothers for whom the joy of pregnancy has been turned into a nightmare. Research shows that for women who have suffered from HG, the recurrence risk of having it again with future pregnancies is greater than 70 percent. The mildest cases of HG end by mid-pregnancy with a weight loss of about five percent, and the most severe can last until delivery with severe weight loss and lengthy hospitalization for treatment with fluids, medications and nutritional support. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this would be so often misdiagnosed, since it sounds like the symptoms are severe and pronounced. I can honestly say though that I am very grateful that both of my babies came without much simple morning sickness at all, because this sounds absolutely devastating.
Nylon Stockings Day – Nylon stockings were first introduced to the public by the DuPont Corporation in 1940 and were an instant success. They were said to be “stronger than steels” and “run-proof”. This new synthetic material fascinated the public. Du Pont brilliantly promoted the new stockings from the start. On May 15, 1940, Du Pont declared “N-Day” – for the first time, all across America, nylon stockings would go on sale. Women lined up for blocks and Du Pont sold 5 million pair in that single day. Marketing GENIUS! During WWII DuPont was forced to divert its nylon production to war related materials, such as parachutes and aircraft tires. They nylon stocking shortage began. In America the demand for nylon stockings was so high that people began paying $20 on the black market (before the war they were selling for a little over $1). In Chicago police ruled out robbery as a motive in a murder case because the because the perpetrator had left behind six pair of nylon stockings at a crime scene. In August of 1945, only eight days after Japan’s surrender, DuPont announced that it would immediately begin producing nylon stockings again, and the next month the they went on sale at a limited number of stores. Thousands of people showed up for the stockings, which quickly sold out, and this is what began the first of what was called the “Nylon Riots”. Throughout 1945 stores were overrun by mobs of women who had learned of the sales by word of mouth. DuPont, not yet fully recovered from its wartime conversion, could not keep up with the demand. People waiting in line were disorderly and police had to disperse the crowds. When stores sold out of the precious hosiery, fights broke out. In Pittsburgh, the mayor arranged for a stocking sale in response to a petition by 400 women. On the day of the sale, 40,000 people lined up to fight for 13,000 pairs. Sort of puts Christmas sales to shame, doesn’t it? Similar scenes took place all across the country. Finally, by March of 1946, production was back up to speed and DuPont was producing 30 million pairs a month, enough for everyone, and the “Nylon Riots” ended. For quite a few years now the bare legged look has been in style – though for some women like me that never worked – but once again The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is in one of our stories today, because she has been credited with bringing back nylons. Honestly, as I read this I have to question, if these wonders of technology are run proof, what have I been buying? I can’t seem to have a pair for more than 5 minutes before a snag turns into a big run. Hmmm. . .
Over the Rainbow Day – This is a subject of hope for self-publishing authors! Frank Lyman Baum, born on May 15, 1856, published a book about “little Dorothy from Kansas who is transported with her dog Toto by a ‘twister’ to a magical realm” at his own expense. The book was illustrated by W.W. Denslow, and the lyrics to the song “Over the Rainbow” written by Edgar Y. Harburg. In its first two years, Baum sold more than 90,000 copies of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. How many of us watched the Wizard of Oz on TV, year after year, filled with wonder at the magic of the story, lost with Dorothy in the forest, chased by flying monkeys, and dancing down the yellow brick road in her sparkly ruby slippers? What a wonderful success story!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Chocolate Chip Day – What a wonderful treat to celebrate! Chocolate chips are a wonderful invention and the make wonderful cookies, cakes and muffins! Baking would be an entirely different thing without them! They are awesome in trail mix, and I even like having a handful mixed in with my popcorn as a wonderful sweet contrast to the salty of the corn. It’s hard to stop eating them once the snacking gets started. So what did bakers use before chocolate ships? Well, they had to cut their own chocolate into the size of a pea. Nestle Toll House introduced the first packaged chocolate morsels in 1939, after Ruth Wakefield’s cookies baked with bits of chocolate became popular. Now they come in many flavors and even different sizes. Now Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies are an American classic. Here are a few recipes from www.food.com to get you started on enjoying this delicious treat today.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate ChipCookie Dough Dip
- Yummy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
- Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Bars
- Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Swirl Cupcakes
Today we honor the fallen heroes, we raise awareness of a little known disease, we appreciate the creative genuis of invention, walk down childhood memory lanes while singing a song, and we breathe in the aroma of ooey, gooey melty chocolate and love that things have been made simple for the bakers of today. The gift of celebrating all things is ours today, and every day. God bless you. I’ll see you tomorrow.