Happy Thursday! I spent yesterday sniffling and feeling pretty lousy. I know I am having some allergy issues, but I think it’s possible I am also coming down with a cold. Hubby is just getting over one, my boss is getting over one and though I don’t normally get sick, I think this is a determined bug that I hope passes quickly. I’m stubbornly thinking that it’s mostly allergies. I managed to make it outside to pull a few weeds and my sniffling and sneezing immediately got worse, only to improve again once I’d washed my hands and left the weeds behind. The week is nearly over though, so cold or no cold, I really think I’m going to make it! Good thing too, since we have a LOT to celebrate today!
Sunglasses Day – I wear sunglasses year around. Bright sunlight gives me an intense headache, but more than that, it makes my eyes hurt! So today celebrates the very important accessory that I don’t go anywhere without – it’s as connected to me as my purse! With summer in full swing it’s even more important for me to keep them on me. People wear sunglasses for different reasons though – besides shading the sun. A few of the reasons (though some seem a trifle silly to me) are that they want to be like movie stars, since we often see movie stars in big sunglasses. Maybe they are in disguise – espionage anyone? It is a fashion statement and goes with their outfit. For me though, it’s protection from the bright sun. My prescription sunglasses have a UV protection coating too, since the optician told me that protecting your eyes from UV rays can help to prevent cataracts. Be sure to keep those sunglasses on in the winter too, as those sun’s rays reflect back at you off of the snow! OK, and I admit to a slight amount of vanity – when you wear sunglasses you don’t squint as much against the sunlight. People who squint have many more wrinkles around their eyes, and honestly, I just can’t deal with having a bunch of those yet!
Decide To Be Married Day – I couldn’t find much information on this one, except that it is based on the poem “Decide to Be Married”: “It’s in the deciding to be united in love, to express your joyful oneness to every person you meet, and in every action you take and together a perfect marriage you’ll make.” Beyond that, it’s an inspiration to all of us who are already married, or perhaps planning to, to put our attention fully on the one we love and make our marriages the best they can possibly be. No couple has a perfect relationship, but recognizing each others imperfections and accepting them fully, is a great thing. Remember always, no matter how imperfect your partner may seem to you, you are equally flawed and they are working at accepting you too! Basing your love on friendship, mutual respect, shared interests and spiritual beliefs will help your decision to be married last. This is a decision that we renew each day and we are blessed to be able to do so.
“Happy Birthday To You” Day – So many interesting stories start with the words “Once upon a time”, and this one does too! Once upon a time, in 1893, a pair of sisters wrote a simple song for their nursery school and kindergarten students. Mildred J. Hill wrote a simple tune, and Patty Smith Hill wrote some equally simple, repetitive words: Good morning to you, Good morning to you, Good morning, dear children, Good morning to all. The two sang the catchy song with their young students, but they also published it in a songbook for children. The song caught on. (That’s the thing about catchy songs, isn’t it?) The students started singing it back to the teachers, changing the words a little. The “good morning to all” became another “good morning to you” and “dear teacher” took the place of “dear children”. Someone, somewhere changed the song yet again for somebody’s birthday and the now very familiar and famous song was born: “Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear so-and-so [insert name here], Happy birthday to you. This song is by far the most well-known song in the English-speaking world—maybe the entire world!—and it’s been used in millions of music boxes, watches, musical greeting cards, and other for-profit products. It’s been sung on TV and on Broadway and in movies, in space and underwater living spaces, in homes and schools, businesses and hospitals. Many people think that students who sang the Good Morning song spontaneously changed the lyrics at birthday parties. Which would mean that the most widely known song in the world was “written” by a bunch of five- and six-year-old kids whose names we do not know! Now, here’s the weird part…this super-simple, heard everywhere song, written in the 1800s, perhaps by a bunch of kids, is still protected by copyright! Sources are unclear about who filed copyright on “Happy Birthday to You,” when, on whose behalf. Some sources say that another Hill sister sued and received copyright protection for Patty and Mildred Hill, and that the Hill Foundation collects royalties even to this day, but another source says that the publisher of the Hill’s original “Good Morning” song filed for copyright on the birthday version. Whatever the case, it seems that some of the profit-making enterprises that use the popular birthday song do pay royalties—adding up to perhaps two million dollars worth of royalties per year! It’s complete fine to sing the song in private, with small groups at birthday parties, for example, but it is technically a violation to sing it in profit-making venues with a lot of people. This is why a lot of restaurants use original songs or other birthday songs—they want to avoid any copyright lawsuits! Many movies and television shows show people singing just a few notes (apparently this is “fair use” and doesn’t cost anything), but those who show people singing the entire song have to pay $10,000 for the privilege! My goodness! By the way, copyright laws differ from nation to nation. The song will become “public domain” (free for anyone to use, even for-profit or large groups) in Europe in 2016, and it will move to public domain status in the U.S. in 2030. And, here’s one more fact to confuse you: some lawyers think that the song is already in public domain, right now, because the actual “authors” of the song (who, remember, might be a bunch of kids) weren’t the ones who filed for copyright. It’s all a bit tangled up, but it’s still interesting!
National Bomb Pop Day – I had to look up what Bomb Pops were for this one. Turns out that they are popsicles with three flavors. After seeing the picture I remembered that I loved these when I was little! We often had “regular” popsicles in the house, but when Mom brought home Bomb Pops, it was special! The trick was eating them quickly enough to keep them from melting too fast, but eat them carefully, one flavor at a time. My goodness, now I want a Bomb Pop! Maybe over the 4th of July! Yum!
National Handshake Day – (Not To Be Confused with World Handshake Day) – Today, we celebrate one of the most common greetings between two people. The practice of handshaking has been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C.. Many researchers believe that the handshake originated in the Western world. It was a gesture of peace, showing that the hands were not holding weapons. Today the handshake is offered up on meeting or parting. It is an expression of goodwill, gratitude and congratulations. Many people judge someone’s character by the way they shake hands. A firm handshake reflects a confident personality, while a limp handshake reveals a shy one. In today’s world though, we need to really decide how important is shaking hands as a greeting? With the prevalence of germs that are resistant to antibiotics, and illness that are so easily spread from one person to the next, should we be touching hands with strangers who possibly may not have washed recently? I know this is slightly paranoid, but it’s actually quite disgusting if you really think about it. How many people have you followed out of the restroom that didn’t bother washing, then they grabbed the shopping cart handle? Hm? What about those doorknobs? I’m serious! Gross! I’m thinking a nice wave is a great idea. Is there perhaps another greeting we can use? If you DO decide to take the risk and shake hands, remember, a firm handshake is a good thing, but squeezing too tight isn’t. You just don’t know what sort of pain issues the person you are shaking with may have – too tight a squeeze on someone with arthritis could really do some harm!
Food Celebration Of The Day –
Happy Birthday To You – With Cake! – I wrote about the history of the song above, but what about the cakes we celebrate birthdays with each year? Yum! What kind of cake should be up to the birthday person – whether it’s classic cake or ice cream cake, there’s usually a soft spot in our hearts for a lovely slice. I prefer chocolate. Yum!
- Classic Yellow Cake
- Doggie Birthday Cake
- President Roosevelt’s Birthday Cake
- Fun Neapolitan Birthday Cake
- Birthday Cake Pancakes
- Best Chocolate Birthday Cake
- Ultimate Birthday Cake Ice Cream
Wasn’t that fun??? There are so many great things to have a good time with today that it’s hard to choose! My suggestion is to wear your sunglasses – rain or shine. That’s an easy one. Maybe buy some Bomb Pops, shake someone’s hand (wash before and after!), sing Happy Birthday and maybe indulge in a birthday cupcake – after all – it’s someone’s birthday somewhere! Best of all, celebrate being married today- if you are of course. Put the focus on the person you love and make the decision to be married – for better or for worse. The words were important when you made your vows, and they are just as important – or more so- today!