We made it to another Friday. I’m relieved and so ready for it. The first part of the week went very quickly and peacefully. Yesterday was a really bit challenge at work. You know, computers are supposed to make our lives easier right? If you asked me how easy my life was at work yesterday I’d have told you that the computer could have been thrown out the window for all the work I was able to do on it. I spent the day so frustrated that I was near to tears. Or course, it ALWAYS happens when the IT guy is out town! I’m sure once he’s back from his trip everything will line out and go smoothly. Getting through today and to Saturday – the day with no alarm clock (YIPPEE) is my goal. That’s all I can think about right now – getting through this day and the moment I get back into my car to head home. In the meantime, let’s celebrate! It’ll make the day go faster!
Child Care Provider Day – I honestly can think of very few professions taken more for granted and taken advantage of than child care providers. How can I say this you ask? Well, my Mother, bless her for her patience, operated a licensed home day care from the time I was about 9 years old until long after I moved out and had a family of my own. After she closed the day care she became a private nanny for individual families. For more than 20 years we had up to 20 kids running in and out every day, all day. At the time, her license allowed so many kids per adult in the house. I counted as an adult, and my father was at home during the day since he worked at night. Between getting kids off to school, exchanging morning kindergarten for afternoon kindergarten, then after school . . . it was a busy, whirlwind life and I learned that there are very few things in this life that I wanted to be less than a day care provider. I don’t have the patience for it! My Mother though, she was, and still is, amazing with kids. She was in control every single second. Not a sticky set of fingers, or runny nose got past her without being cleaned up. Meals and snacks were nutritious and always on time, giggles and hugs were plentiful all day long, no matter what was going on. Children immediately love her as soon as they meet her . . . of course, she’s Mom – what’s not to love? The person who cares for your children is a HUGE influence in their lives! They help form the moral framework children are growing up with – the kids in our house learned to pray for their meals, how to say please and thank you when it was called for, they learned to take turns, wash their hands and cover their mouths when they coughed or sneezed. These children learned to love stories at the knee of my Mom, who could tell a story like nobody else. She played imagination games that no other adult would think to play. One day she’d be an astronaut, the next a princess, maybe a pirate, and sometimes an explorer. She knew all the best places to hide for Hide-n-Seek, and somehow she managed to not FIND a child just long enough to hear them giggling from their hiding place as they thought they’d succeeded in being hidden better than anyone. Even when they hid in the same spot ever single time. These are children who still want to be a part of her life, even as they are beginning to have children of their own. We should all be so fortunate to have someone like my Mom to care for our children. The truly sad thing is that people always seem to want to underpay the child care provider. Why IS that? These people are taking care of our most precious family members, our children! To get a quality person to watch over our little ones, we should be willing to pay them what they are worth! I realize that this is expensive, but if you are going to be leaving your kids while you work, then making sure that they are properly cared for and loved in your absence! If you have babies in child care, please, let your care giver know you love and appreciate them today. Take them a card, a gift certificate for something they’ll like, some flowers . . . maybe a bonus! Let them know that all of the love they lavish on our Littles is not only appreciated, it’s vitally important and we couldn’t do our jobs without them doing theirs. Sometimes just saying the words is enough to let them know how much you care.
Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice – People kill as many as 100 million sharks every year – many of those just for their fins! Shark populations have plummeted 75% to 90% in many ecosystems. Worldwide, they have little or not protection. Well, Whale Times has teamed up with the scientists at the Shark Research Institute (SRI) to raise awareness of the plight of sharks through a new holiday event – Fintastic Friday. Think about this number – its staggering – about 11,415 sharks die . . . EVERY HOUR! Help ‘Save the Sharks’ by raising awareness and appreciation for this incredible predator, sign a petition for “No Finning” efforts, and anything else you can think of to do. The sharks need you! They may appear to be scary and face it, sometimes they are! But they are so important to the ecosystem, and to allow them to be endangered is unacceptable. I saw a special on sharks once that haunted me with its message. The people who want the sharks for their fins, for a supplement that isn’t even proven to do anything, catch the sharks, cut off their fins, and release them back to the ocean, alive, suffering and dying a painful, horrible death. This truly is a heinous crime against a magnificent creature, so please, help raise awareness today for this good cause. Go to www.whaletimes.org to see many ways you can help in these efforts.
Lost Sock Memorial Day – it stands to reason that this day would follow No Socks Day! After all, we stripped those socks off of our feet and flung them aside. Never know where those socks may land once we give them a toss! Today though, we take it a bit further and we acknowledge that drawer of mismatched socks we have hanging out – the ones we never throw out because we are just sure we are going to find the mates some day. Quick tip – if you’ve had those socks for a year or more, you aren’t finding the mate. It’s likely your washer or dryer ate it. Now you can hold out hope, but why bother? Today you can be free of all those sad, mismatched socks, and take the opportunity to just get rid of them. It’s time. . . go on . . . get rid of them . . . I mean it!
Military Spouse Appreciation Day – is held on the Friday before Mother’s Day . It is a day to recognize and honor the real backbone of the military . . . the wives and husbands of our soldiers. The majority of military spouses are women – this isn’t in any way meant to diminish the contributions of military husbands, but it is a fact of life that most of the spouses waiting at home are the wives. I’ve known many military wives and their contributions to the spirit and well being of our soldiers it unparalleled. This goes to the wives/husbands of the wounded veterans as well. They are still military spouses and deserve to be recognized for all they do. My daughter is the wife of a WIA veteran – and for every heroic thing he did for our nation, we are proud and grateful – but she is there with him, every step of the way, helping him through the aftermath of what he suffered for his service to our country. So to each and every one of you who support our men and women in the military from the home front – we thank you and we stand humbled by your service to your country.
National Moscato Day – This day we celebrate an absolutely lovely, light wine. I have had the chance to taste it on several different occasions when hubby and I went on a couple of wine tasting weekend field trips. The Moscato’s peach, honey and citrus overtones come with an affordable price tag for some Vineyards, which is one reason this wine is so appreciated. Another is the light flavors – from dry to sweet, from light bodied to full bodies. Did you know that the Muscat grape is one of the oldest known grape varietals? If you get the chance to do a taste testing of this lovely grape, please enjoy it.
National Special-abled Pets Day – Pets, like people, are each individuals. Their personality traits vary from pet to pet, whether they are purebred, or a mixed breed mutt. Today we are celebrating the special ones, the ones that are weak, perhaps handicapped in some way. These are the animals that would be rejected in the wild by their parents, because that is just how nature works. Sometimes special-abled pets are the best ones. It was about this time last year that my daughter sent me a text. She was pretty excited. She had been looking for a new critter to love, and after researching them, she decided that a hedgehog would be the perfect addition to her household. As she was browsing breeder sites she came across a local one that had a young female that had been born without a right eye. The breeder had been having a hard time finding a home for this little girl because people who called about the babies perceived her to be ugly or unacceptable for only having the one eye. My daughter contacted the breeder and explained that this little hedgehog belonged with her, for you see, my son-in-law is a WIA veteran who was shot in the face while he was serving in Iraq. He had many injuries, and one of them was the loss of his right eye. As my daughter explained to the breeder, this was a household that was just waiting for this hedgehog to come live with them. The breeder not only called her back, she decided that this would be the perfect home for the little one-eyed baby, and even made her a good deal. The moral of this story is that different animals, like people who are different are JUST different! Not better, not worse, just different. As my daughter observed this time last year, people can be just as cruel and indifferent to animals that look different, as they are to people who are different. It isn’t fair or right, no matter the species. Rejection is always a bad thing, especially when it is over something that cannot be helped. If you have room in your heart and in your home, perhaps consider adopting a specially abled pet – it will be a blessing for you as much as for them. Oh, and by the way, Peek-a-Boo the Hedgehog is a happy part of my daughter and son-in-law’s household. She even gets to come visit us in her special carrying pouch sometimes.
This Day In History –
1869 – A “Golden Spike” was driven into the railroad tracks at Promontory Summit, Utah, connecting the tracks of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, creating the first Transcontinental railroad.
1866 – The syrup for Coca Cola is invented by Atlanta Pharmacist John Styth Permerton. 1899 – The lawnmower is patented.
1926 – Americans Richard Boyd and Floyd Bennett become the first to fly over the North Pole.
1960 – The Birth control pill is approved by the FDA.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Salad Month – The first salad bar opened in 1939 in the Boston Oyster House in Chicago’s Morrison Hotel. I love salads – big green, colorful, crunchy salads are beautiful to the eye as well as tasty! It’s a good thing all the way around!
Are we there yet? Is it the end of the day? Almost? I can accept that! Have a wonderful, speedy and productive Friday! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!