Tourism, Teachers and Lamb? Yep, They Are All Being Celebrated Today

May 7th

Welcome to Tuesday and we’re one day closer to the weekend!  I hope your day started out with a smile and a promise of good things to come.

Teacher’s Day –  Have you ever spent a day with someone else’s child, a child that wasn’t disciplined, or had a bad attitude?  Now have you ever spent a day with 20-30 children that didn’t belong to you, the majority of which were either ignoring you, sassing you, giggling and talking to the other kids, completely misbehaving and generally being pains in the backside?   Are you a teacher? Sounds like you could be!  I know I couldn’t handle it, not even a little bit.  I struggle with one or two ill-behaved children at a time.  For teachers everywhere, this day is for you.  Thank you for your contribution, your patience, and retaining at least most of your sanity for the duration of your career.   

National Tourism Day – well, this is interesting.  Yesterday was Tourist Appreciation Day, and today is National Tourism Day?  Seems like someone, or a group of someone’s, is gearing up for summer – when tourism is at its high!  Many cities and attractions really ramp up their advertising this time of year, offering discounts and promotions to draw people to bring their vacation dollars and boost local economy.  So, if you are getting ready to go on a vacation and aren’t sure where to go, or what to do, start watching for the deals on sites like www.travelzoo.com, or www.groupon.com.  Lots of wonderful stuff to do, much of it local, at really great deals.  Don’t just browse and dream, book some sort of travel plans today! 

Accountant’s Day or Accounting Day – I found varying dates for Accounting/Accountant’s Day, so I’m not sure if this is a valid one or not.  However, I do know that I admire accountants with their abilities to focus on numbers, make everything come together the way it should. I balance my checkbook to the penny, and follow directions for filing taxes, but I couldn’t tell you how I came up with the tax numbers (thank goodness for software that does it for me!).  The accountant for my work is awesome – he is so patient with us.  He asks us questions, and he gets blank stares in return.  We aren’t much help most of the time.  He still manages to come up with what he needs, and we are never the wiser as to what he wants.  Poor guy. We always know when we have completely frustrated him because he has this way of rubbing his face really hard, and ruffling the front of his hair in the process.  I know he doesn’t get how it is we muddle through life without knowing what it is we should know . . . but we really don’t HAVE to know it since we have him!  Happy Accountant’s Day G.  We appreciate you.

Childhood Depression Awareness Day – I found 2 dates for this one – today, and Thursday.  It’s interesting information no matter which day, so since we were light on celebrations today, we’ll go with today.  When exposed to a traumatic event, children as young as 18 months old can have serious and emotional and behavioral problems later on in life and in their adulthood.  More than 35% of children exposed to a single traumatic event will develop serious mental health problems – according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Learning about this issue, and recognizing the impact, can perhaps help us to help a child, or understand our children better if they’ve experienced something traumatic at some point in their childhood.  According to SAMHSA, young children exposed to five or more significant adversities in the first three years of childhood face a 76% likelihood of having one or more delays in their cognitive, language or emotional development.  In addition, as the number of traumatic events experienced during childhood increases, the following health problems in adulthood increases:

Depression
AlcoholismDrug abuse
Suicide attempts
Heart, liver and pulmonary diseases
Fetal death during pregnancy
High stress
Uncontrollable anger
Family, financial and job problems

Finally, studies on the brain show that physical, emotional or sexual abuse in childhood can:

Cause permanent damage
Reduce the size of parts of the brain
Impact the way a child’s brain copes with daily stress
Result in enduring behavioral health problems such as depression, anxiety, aggression, impulsiveness, delinquency, hyperactivity and substance abuse

Fortunately, according to SAMHSA, research has shown that caregivers can buffer the impact of trauma and promote better outcomes for children even in stressful times when the following factors are present:

Parental resilience
Social connections
Knowledge of parenting and child development
Concrete support in times of need
Social and emotional competence of children

It stands to reason that children are fragile, but they are also quite resilient.  With prayer, support, lots of love and encourangement they can overcome a LOT, and deal better with the issues that are imposed upon them through no choice of their own.

World Asthma Day – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 300 million people suffer from asthma and it is the most common chronic disease among children.  WHO notes that asthma affects people in all countries around the world, no matter their levelof delelopment, though most of the deaths happen in lower income countries. Asthma is a chronic disease of the air passages (or bronchial) that lead to and from the lungs that makes breathing difficult.  Usually there is inflamation, which results in a temporary narrowing of the passages that carry oxygen to the lungs.  Symptoms vary from person to person and in intensity, but they typically include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure.  Sufferers often have recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing.  Symptoms can occur several times a day, a week, or may become worse during physical activity or during the night.  During an asthma attack, the lining of the bronchial tubes swell, causing airways to become narrow and reducing the flow of air in and out of the lungs.  These attacks can cause sleeplessness, fatigue, reduced activity and absenteeism from work or school.  The basic causes of asthma are not completely understood but risk factors for getting it include a genetic predisposition along with exposure to particles and substances that irritate the air passages and case allergic reactions. A few common irritatns are dust in furnishings, pets, tobacco smoke, chemicals and air pollution.  Other causes include physical exercise, medications (aspirin and beta blockers), cold air and even emotional reactions such as stress, anger and fear.  Asthma is usually treated with two types of medications – long-term control medicines that help reduce airway inflammation and prevent symptoms, and quick-relief medications which relieve asthma symptoms when they flare up.  There is no known cure for asthma, but the best treatment is to control the disease by working closly with a doctor, taking the medications and avoiding the triggers.

Food Celebration of the Day

 

National Roast Leg of Lamb – People either love  lamb or hate it. It does have a distinctive flavor that for many is an acquired taste.  I never knew the difference between lamb and mutton.  Bon Appetit magazine has suggested that they are one and the same.  The only differene is the history of the people who used the words.  Lamb was used by peasants of German descent, and mutton was used by the aristocratic French.  Most of us though, use the two terms to describe two totally different types of meat.  Even though both lamb and mutton come from sheep, lamb is the meat froma  sheep that is less than a year old.  Mutton is from a much older sheep and the meat tends to be gamier and toughter.  I don’t eat baby animals – I’d like them to have a chance to grow up first – so I’ll stick with mutton, thank you very much.  Lamb is an Easter favorite, and is easy enough to cook that it can also be an everyday dinner, yet fancy enough for a special occasion.  I’m guessing that this is the food of the day because we usually are having Easter closer to this time of year, and for some reason it came a lot sooner this year.  I’ve included a few recipes from www.food.com for you to glance through and see if there’s something in there you’d like for dinner!   

 

 

 

 

 
Well, some days are silly fun, and some are information.  I think that today was mostly informative.  I do hope that you have been encouraged to plan some sort of a vacation for yourself this year, even if its only for a day away from home.  I think I’ll start planning mine!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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