Senior Citizens Are Special People – Let’s Shower Them With Love And Appreciation Today!

Aug 21st

Good Morning and a happy Wednesday to everyone!  I have a LONG list of to-do’s to tackle today, which I’m going to do the moment I hit publish on today’s celebrations!  Friday we celebrate my son’s 25th birthday and I have a lot to do to get ready.  Cleaning the house, baking his cupcakes, wrapping his gifts.. .  I know, he’s 25, shouldn’t he be beyond all of this?  No! Absolutely NOT!  I believe that ALL birthdays are special and should be given full party status, no matter who the person is and what number they have reached.  God blessed us with life and all of heaven celebrated the day we were born and we have the joy of carrying on that celebration throughout our lives and the lifetimes of those we love.  Even the bah humbug people who insist they don’t want to celebrate, you deserve to be honored as well.  Birthday celebrations aren’t just for the person whose birth we observe, but they are for the family and friends as well.  It gives joy to celebrate those we love, and to strip that joy from them by being a downer isn’t fair or right.  You may not be someone who likes a surprise party, and the ones who love you owe you the respect to not leap out from behind furniture at you as a result, but they still deserve to give you all of the fun bells and whistles to show their joy that you were born.  And I’m especially full of happiness for this birthday for my son.  You see, this is the 1st birthday I’ve actually seen him ON HIS DAY since his 18th.  He left home for basic training three days after he turned 18, and since then he has been either deployed or living too far away to be able to be with us.  We always manage something later on, but it’s just not the same.  I’m a bit of a stickler for ON THE DAY!  So much to do, so little time!  I’m telling you, I’m thankful for a day off to get everything done, and today I am going to stretch the limits of how much can be accomplished in one short span of time. 

National Senior Citizens Day – Today we honor our senior citizens.  If anyone deserves to be shown how much we love and respect them, they do!  Think about it.  Our senior citizens have so much to share with us – life experience, wisdom and a point of view from people who have seen so much change over the decades.  Their contributions to society are invaluable in every way.  In his Presidential Proclamation on August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute.  We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”  There are so many ways to celebrate this day.  Spending time with some senior citizens; show them appreciation; do volunteer work in support of the elderly. . . are just a few.  When my daughter was little she needed to do a community service project for her one and only pageant  (for anyone who HASN’T put their child through one of these . . . don’t.  Yikes!).  She decided on her own that she wanted to visit a nursing home.  She sat for days drawing pictures of flowers, and after picking up a few dozen carnations, we set out with her hand colored cards and the flowers.  By the end of the day she had 50 new best friends . . . many of them wouldn’t remember her past the day of course . . . and the sweetest smile on her face as she realized that just a visit from her cheered many of these people who had not had visitors in a long time.  She went back a few more times, sitting by their bedsides and reading to them from some of her books, getting water for them, bringing them a snack, fluffing their pillows and generally being a great granddaughter that many didn’t ever get to see.  Years later she went into a nursing home again and helped cut up steak at mealtime, badgered some into eating when they hadn’t in awhile, and helped a few write letters and read some books.  She went back weekly for quite some time – it was as big a blessing in her life as it was in theirs.  If you happen to BE a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you want! It’s your day!  Be sure to take advantage of the senior citizens specials and discounts too!

National Medical Dosimetrist Day –   I sat here staring at the list of holidays and I wondered . . . what is a medical dosimetrist?  Obviously they do something special or they wouldn’t get their own day, right?  So I started looking into it and here’s what I found.  A dosimetrist is part of the radiation oncology team, and they help treat cancer patients with radiation therapy.  They usually work in a hospital or cancer center, and must be able to work well as part of a medical team, consulting with other medical professionals that include physicians (radiation oncologists), radiation therapists, oncology nurses and medical physicists.  That still didn’t tell me what they really DID, so I looked a little further.  According to the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD), a medical dosimetrist is responsible for the “radiation dose distributions and dose calculations” used in radiation therapy, which is typically a daily regimen over the course of several weeks, depending on the type and location of the patient’s cancer.  To do this the dosimetrist must have thorough knowledge in the areas of cancer treatment and brachytherapy, and they help prescribe the radiation in precise doses necessary to treat the cancer without harming healthy tissues and organs near the tumor.  Designing the treatment plan for the cancer patient is a key responsibility of the dosimetrist, which means they must be critical thinkers who are able to analyze date and implement the therapy based on the data.  Considering I’d never heard of this particular position in the medical field before, I have to say I’m impressed and grateful that such highly trained people are out there to help people who suffer from the horrors of cancer. 


This Day in History

1841 – Venetian blinds are patented.     
1959 –  Hawaii becomes the 50th state.

Food Celebration of the Day

Hawaii Becomes A State – Happy Anniversary Hawaii! Today, get a tropical taste of America’s 50th state without leaving your own kitchen.  I realize that a lot of people will take one look at that second one and wrinkle their noses.  I used to be one of those people. Do you know what Spam is?  I used to think it was all the byproducts that nobody could use for anything else, much like many hot dogs.  It’s not!  It’s just pork shoulder and water . . . oh and a LOT of salt.  It isn’t some mystery meat though, so get adventurous and maybe give it a try!  The Hawaiians love it, so maybe those of us on the mainland are missing out.

So there you have it!  We are ready to celebrate this wonderful Wednesday.  Now, I’m putting on my get-up-and-go!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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