Today We Honor Some Very Special Heroes. . .

Sep 19th

Friday sure did get here fast . . . of course that’s the way it works when the first part of the week is spent asleep, the middle recovering and the end chasing in circles trying to catch up with everything.  Last night I was falling asleep in my chair around 7:30! That just doesn’t often happen!  I can’t say that I’m sad that it’s the weekend already – there’s so much to do that I didn’t get done wasting time being sick.  No regrets, I’m hoping very  much that this bout with the flu has built up my immunity against any future, worse forms of it later in the season!  That’s positive thinking!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – This is a day just for fun and to let the pirate in each of us out to play.  Sometimes a day just for fun is exactly what we need.  Silly releases stress so let some of that go today by talking like  a pirate!  Every time I think about this one I remember “Steve, The Pirate” in the movie Dodgeball.  Funny movie.  So, where did this silly day start?  Well, John Baur and Mark Summers created the concept of International Talk Like A Pirate Day on June 6, 1995.  They were playing racquetball and began to talk to each other in “pirate-speak”.  After leaving the court they decided that this sort of day was just what everyone needed, so after much thought, Mark Summers picked September 19th as the date, since it was his wife’s birthday.  (I have to wonder how SHE feels about sharing her day with pirate talking silly folks!)  And that’s how this day was born!  Arrrr!!!!

National POW/MIA Recognition Day – This is an American holiday that I personally believe everyone needs to take very seriously.  Today we recognize Prisoners of War (POW), as well as those from the armed services that are Missing In Action (MIA).  The very first one was held on July 18, 1979, and has been observed in a few different dates until September 1986, when it was changed to the 3rd Friday every September.  This isn’t a government holiday, but it gives everyone the chance to recognize and honor those POWs and MIA.  All of us have seen the most powerful symbol of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the flag.  The POW/MIA flag was developed by Newt Heisley in 1971 to honor men who went missing or were imprisoned during the Vietnam War.  The flag he created was black, with the silhouette of a man’s face and chest in the center of a white circle. In the background, there is barbed wire fencing and a guard tower, made to symbolize the man’s imprisonment.  Above the circle reads: POW*MIA, and below it “You Are Not Forgotten”.  The flag was very personal to Heisley, but he didn’t know that the design would become the ultimate symbol of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.  It also became the official symbol of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and is flown below the American flag every year.  I’ve seen many of these flags flown during Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, and others fly it year round.  This day is mostly a day of observation, set aside as different than other days that recognize Armed Forces, because it is set up to give honor those who don’t make it home, either dead or alive.  Not knowing what has happened to someone you love who is fighting overseas is heartbreaking, made worse because the family isn’t able to give him or her a proper burial, or have any sense of closure.  Today there will be ceremonies to honor these soldiers, and memorial services held for those who are still missing in action.

 

National Tradesmen Day – How many things can you think of that required the talents of people who work with their hands to create and keep running?  Today we honor the men and women who do such work, who helped build America and keep it running strong every day.  Tradesmen build our homes, schools and churches. They keep our cars running, keep the lights on and our homes warm.  They fix our leaky pipes, and a myriad of other functions that are too numerous to list.  America’s professional tradesmen are the backbone of our nation.  I’ve often heard snooty people disparaging people who work with their hands, as if they aren’t as good or as important.  I challenge any of those people to fix their own cars, plumbing or electrical systems.  They’d be stuck in the dark, by the side of the road, or in a flooded kitchen.  Seriously, get off your high horse and acknowledge that it’s the blue collar folks that keep the wheels of this nation turning.

 

Food Celebration of the Day

National Butterscotch Pudding Day – Butterscotch pudding may not be as popular as vanilla or chocolate, but it certainly is good.  If you like butterscotch, then maybe the thought already has your mouth watering!  Like all food related special days, it is easy to participate and gives us good reason to enjoy a tasty dessert. A funny story about Butterscotch pudding . . . years ago when my daughter was about 14 or so, she reached into the cupboard to make some vanilla pudding for her little brother, but when she opened the package, the contents didn’t match the box and she’d gotten butterscotch instead of vanilla.  Neither of my kids were overly enthusiastic about butterscotch, so she decided to let the company know how unhappy she was with the problem of the mismatched package, thinking maybe they’d send a couple of coupons for free pudding.  What she got?  $100!  Yep, they sent her a check for $100 and a whole handful of free coupons.  Wow!  I never want to endorse complaining for the sake of complaining, but this company took care of the problem and kept a loyal customer.  I was going to come home last night and make some so I could share the experience with you, but I was just too tired to take the time. Here are some butterscotch pudding recipes to get you started on your celebration.  I hope you enjoy at least one of them!

It is with happy Friday heart that I head off to work this morning, and wish all of you a wonderful day!  May your celebrations be fun, filled with laughter, meaning and delicious treats.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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