One Easter Sunday in a large Baptist church in Birmingham, Al., the minister decided to have all the young children come forward to the front of the sanctuary in their new Easter outfits for a quick “children’s sermon.” He couldn’t help but notice one especially pretty little blond-haired, blue-eyed girl about five or six years old. She was wearing a beautiful white frilly dress, with rows and rows of ruffles head to toe. But she had such a sad expression on her face. Trying to cheer her up, the minister called her by name, and said “you look SO lovely this morning. And I know you will wear that dress a lot because it is SO gorgeous.” Sadly, she shook her head, and said, “no, preacher, I won’t ever wear this dress again.” Naturally, he couldn’t imagine that response…. so he said, “but, honey, you look so beautiful in that dress.” The little girl said, “well, thank you preacher, but I will never wear this dress again.” The minister said, “well, I just have to ask you WHY… when it is so pretty.” She very matter of factly (and in a rather LOUD voice) replied, “because my momma says it’s a PAIN to iron!!”
National Doctor’s Day – Today marks the anniversary of the 1st use of general anesthesia in surgery (I struggle to imagine surgery BEFORE anesthesia!). I’m sure we all appreciate our doctors. I know that Dr. Theresa (last name omitted for obvious reasons) helped me a lot when I was undergoing a very big transition in my life when ex husband left. She ran a series of necessary tests without making me feel bad, and giving me encouragement and confidence that the future was bright. She was right. I haven’t always had the confidence in doctors that I have in her. She’s never made me feel fat, stupid or belittled in any way – as so many doctors have in the past. I also appreciate greatly all the chiropractors I’ve worked for through the years, all of the ones who have worked on me and on my family since I was 13 years old. (For those of you who don’t credit chiropractors to be doctors – I beg to differ. They are specialists on spinal matters in every sense of the word, and worked hard for their credentials just like other doctors do.) Without them, I would be a mess. So to all of my DC’s, thank you. You are appreciated. When did National Doctor’s Day get its start though? Well, I found out that on March 30th, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctor’s Day. In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctor’s Day. The resolution was signed by President George Bush (I miss George). The first National Doctor’s Day was celebrated in 1991. There are even National Doctor’s Day cards out there – Hallmark of course. Since this day lands on a Saturday, it’s not likely that you’ll see your doctor to say thank you, but a belated card wouldn’t hurt if you are REALLY close to him or her.
I Am In Control Day – Do you remember that day on March 30, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt? Like many of you, I remember that day, though since I was only 16 years old, it was a little surreal. There was a lot of confusion surrounding the event.. In the White House, then Secretary of State Alexander Haig was taken a little out of context when he said “I am in control here”. The media, much like they do today, chose to focus on that sentence, rather than the entire statement, taking it completely out of context. The political uproar eventually led to his resignation. Out of that infamous day, this holiday was born. History sometimes fades with time. Alexander Haig’s statement was all but forgotten, but this special day continued on and evolved into what it is today. People have come to think about this celebration in a different context. It has been personalized into a day to get your life in control. In that sense, today is a call to action. “I Am In Control Day” is the chance to get things in order, and under control. A good first step is to take a deep breath, assess the situation, and get things under control! An important note to remember – this day is closely related to Panic Day (March 9th). Some people may need to survive a Panic Day before getting themselves in control. What do you have to get control of today? All I have to do is look around my house to know what my tasks are – sigh!
Take a Walk in the Park Day – Today is going to be GORGEOUS in the Pacific Northwest. We are anticipating temperatures in the low 60s, lots of blue sky and mild, beautiful spring weather. Puxatawny Phil may be in the groundhog house where HE lives, but here, we’re just fine with him. Today is a great opportunity to get out for some fresh air, exercise and relaxation. Are you stressed out? A walk in the park could be just what the doctor ordered (ironically on Doctor’s Day). A nice walk in the park helps clear our minds and re-energizes us. It could very well be the best part of your entire day! Walk with your eyes open to the beauty of nature, enjoy the flowers, birds and wildlife you may see. Whether alone or with a friend, it’s hard not to be happy after a wonderful walk in the park. Have fun!
Grass is Always Browner On The Other Side of The Fence Day – We always hear how the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence . . . but is it really? People leave good jobs because they aren’t satisfied where they are and are looking for something better. Marriages are destroyed because one in the couple chooses to find a new husband or wife. Financial well being teeters on the edge of calamity so that new horizons and dreams can be achieved, only to find that things aren’t any better than than used to be. Today’s holiday – The Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side of The Fence is for anyone who has not been fooled by pastures that appear to be greener from a distance. Maybe they didn’t get a raise, but stick with the job anyway. There’s a little arguing in the home going on, but doggone it, you love each other and will work it out. You didn’t trade in your older car that is paid off for a new one and a big new payment – and it all worked out for the best. What a wonderful thing to remember. . . don’t be greedy, but be grateful for where you are right now and appreciate the things and people you have in your life.
Pencil Day – Happy birthday to the pencil! Yep, today is the 155th birthday of the pencil and what a wonderful thing to celebrate! In 1858 Hymen Lipman was issued a patent for the first pencil with an eraser. Today many participating libraries and businesses hand out free pencils in honor of this very significant achievement. Pencils are usually made of wood with a graphite or charcoal center, though the plastic, reusable mechanical pencil is quite popular now. In many cases the mechanical pencils can be used indefinitely! Right now at work I am using some cute pink red pencils with cupcake erasers that my Mom put into my all cupcake birthday box (yes, it’s no secret – I love cupcakes!) Remember the first day of school, taking in your full pencil box with sharpened, yellow, #2 pencils? There was something about the scent that came from a freshly sharpened pencil that just make you want to draw! For today put down your pen and pick up your pencil. It’s the pencil’s birthday after all!
Turkey Neck Soup Day -Hm . . . not the first type of soup I think of when I consider making a pot of soup. The neck is often thrown away with the other stuff I don’t use in turkey soup – like the skin and fat. But really, why not use the neck to help make a rich broth? The dark meat is best for broth, so why waste it? Now, March is an odd month to be celebrating anything turkey, but what they heck? Often you can find packages of oddball turkey parts in the meat section of your grocery store. If you can’t, go for chicken instead. I’m sure you can find that! Either way, when you taste that rich, delicious broth, you won’t regret making it.
Remember today – be happy where you are, and with the people you love. Appreciate the little things – like pencils, turkey soup (I am still giggling at that picture I found), and taking relaxing walks in the park. No matter where you go or what you are doing though, be in control so you don’t feel scattered. And of course, laugh. Laugh loud, laugh often and never forget that there is ALWAYS something to celebrate. God Bless You – I’ll see you tomorrow.