Good Morning and a Blessed Sunday to you! What a gorgeous day – the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the leaves on the trees are a vibrant green and the bird feeders have so much activity we nearly need an air traffic controller for them! We even had a woodpecker out there a few minutes ago at the suet peanut feeder! That’s 21 different species of birds we’ve had at our feeders since we put them in a few months ago. It’s been a lot of fun to see how many different birds we have in our area, and some of them I’ve never seen before, even after living here my whole life.
Today we celebrate . . .
National Bubba Day – Today we honor anyone named, or called, Bubba. To qualify to be an honoree your name must be formally, or informally, Bubba. Now, if you are feeling a little left out you could dub yourself Bubba for just today, that way anyone who wants to can celebrate together. Did you know that Bubba is the Yiddish word for Grandmother? Apparently so! Also, a character in the movie Forrest Gump made the name Bubba famous. Regardless of whether you are a Bubba, or not, have fun with it.
Children’s Awareness Memorial Day – I cannot imagine any greater grief than that of losing a child. There is a natural order to life, we are born, grow up, have children and raise them, then at some point we die, leaving our children to carry on our legacy. That’s the way we expect it to happen. We grieve when we lose our parents, but it is still the expectation that that is the way it should go. To lose a child is the fear of every parent, but if there is to be any comfort at all for those who endure the loss of a child, it should be that they will never, ever, be forgotten. What I cannot comprehend though, is children being lost to violence. This is something that no child should ever have to experience, and to actually put into words the depth of my hatred and loathing for people who commit violence against a child would probably get me banned from posting this blog. In 1998, CWLA (Child Welfare League of America) launched a public awareness campaign to direct attention to the tragedy of violent child deaths as part of a national initiative to reduce child morality. To that end, today is Children’s Awareness Memorial Day. If you see a simple red flag showing blue, paper-doll-like figures of children holding hands, with a white chalk outline of a missing child in the middle of it – this flag symbolizes the thousands of children lost to violence. This flag flown is a symbol that these children will never be forgotten. My heart is heavy as I think of these little ones hurting, scared and lost to those that love them. Their lives had value and they deserve to be remembered.
National Cancer Survivors Day – Cancer is a dirty word. The very sound of it fills one with dread, fear, sadness and a feeling of hopelessness. Today is a celebration for those people who survived this horrible disease. This survival gives us hope, and the courage to fight this battle if we find ourselves facing the same diagnosis. The people who get through and survive are so courageous, and so strong. Today is their day to be honored, for their lives to be celebrated and to hold them up as wonderful examples of how to never give up, never stop hoping and to plan to live. To every survivor, you are an inspiration. Today we honor you.
Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day – There are just some celebrations that I look at them, scratch my head and wonder why? This one has a HUGE question mark floating over my head. I have looked everywhere and this is all I could find out about it . . . so take it with the same sense of “huh?” that I did. I am including it BECAUSE of how odd it is, and to show, that some folks will find any reason they possible can to celebrate. According to the sites I found, to keep poisonous cobra snakes out of North America, all citizens are asked to go outdoors at noon local time and yell “FUDGE!”. They are trying to say that fudge makes cobras gag, and the mere mention of it makes them “skedaddle”. Um . . . yeah. . . and one must wonder what special substance they were ingesting when they came up with this one. One way to celebrate this one may be to make some fudge. I’m all for keeping cobras away, and I like fudge, so it can’t be all bad.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Rocky Road Day – When I was little I remember going to Grandma’s house and though most of the time the goodies we had at her house were homemade, once in awhile she’d have Rocky Road Ice Cream. There’s just something about it that makes me smile. As a grown up, I don’t eat Rocky Road often, actually I don’t think I’ve had it more than once since I was a child, but the memory of it just makes me happy. But where and when did this flavor combination start? Well, hoping to make folks smile during the Great Depression, William Dreyer (of Dreyer’s ice cream) jazzed up chocolate ice cream with nuts, marshmallows and bits of chocolate. Its popularity took off, and it is still a very popular flavor combination. You can have that lovely flavor in other treats too, and here are a few recipes from www. food.com to give you a few options.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday planned. Be grateful for the lives you have, for the loved ones that surround you, and for the simple things in life that make you smile. God Bless You. I’ll see you tomorrow.