The weekends always go far too quickly anyway, but when they are rather sleep deprived, they seem to end with a yawn and a lot of foot dragging when it comes to going back to work, don’t they? Last night was brutal. A wind storm blew through, which woke Hubby and I both up around 2:00, and sleep was fitful from that point forward. I heard on the morning news that many people are without power this morning, though we are not part of that group (thank goodness), and that the high wind warning didn’t even START until 6:00 this morning! REALLY? So what was going on at 2:00? Hm? Geesh. We all know how much I look forward to these days. I’ll get through it with a ball of stress in my tummy, but I’ll get through it. There really isn’t much choice, right?
Verse of the Day
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
It is so easy to be judgmental of others. We don’t know their struggles. We don’t know their situation. Most of all, we don’t know their hearts. When we are judgmental, we erect a barrier between others and ourselves. We often spread that judgmental impression to others in gossip. Our stubborness to only view them with a judgmental spirit erects a barrier, a stumbling block, that can cause them to become discouraged and stumble.
Food for Thought
People are funny creatures, aren’t we? As a species we have so many flaws, and we all see the flaws and imperfections in everyone around us without looking into our own mirror and seeing what we have going on inside of ourselves. I am the first to admit that there is nothing perfect about me. Not a thing. I have good qualities and I have not so good qualities, but I’m not perfect. I try not to feel hate in my heart for anyone, even if I feel irritation and frustration with them. It always surprises me when someone treats me with hatred on their faces because I know that no matter what they may think to the contrary, unless it’s my ex-husband, I’ve likely never felt anything close to that dark for them. Today, for World Kindness Day, we are supposed to be focused on showing kindness to those around us, even if we don’t choose to spend a great deal of time with them, but that feels a little sad to me. Why should there be a specific day to show other people kindness when this is how we should be treating other people ALL OF THE TIME? Be kind day by day, to everyone you meet. They may not treat you the same way, but you have done the right thing by your fellow human being and that’s really all we can do.
Caregiver Appreciation Day – I cannot even imagine how difficult the life of a caregiver would be. These special and very important people give their time to care for people who are ill, disabled or elderly. Today we recognize both the paid and the unpaid caregivers, though in my opinion the unpaid ones deserve and extra bit of appreciation. They take care of supporting someone in need, most of the time a family member, giving their time and often spending their own money, while they do. It is often a thankless task, even by the people being care for other relatives who can’t seem to find a way or the time to help. Today give a special thank you to anyone you know who is a caregiver. If you employ one, give them the day off and take over the role of caring for the day while they rest.
Sadie Hawkins Day – I admit I laughed when I saw the origins of this one. Sadie Hawkins Day originated in Al Capp’s classic comic strip, Li’l Abner (1934 – 1978). In Li’l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. Sadie was known as “the homeliest gal in all them hills” and she was frantic waiting for “suitors to come a-courtin'”. When she got to be 35 years old and was still a spinster, her father was getting frantic too, at the thought of her living at home for the rest of her life. He was desperate and in that desperation, he called all of the unmarried men of Dogpatch together and declared the day to be “Sadie Hawkins Day”. It was decreed that there would be a foot race, with Sadie chasing the town’s eligible bachelors, with marriage at the end of the race to the man she caught. The town spinsters thought that this was such a great idea that they made Sadie Hawkins Day a mandatory annual event, much to the upset of the bachelors of Dogpatch. Because of all of the fun they got out of this topic, there were many sequences that revolved around the dreaded Sadie Hawkins Day race. If a woman caught a bachelor and dragged him kicking and screaming across the finish line before the sun went down, by law, he had to marry her. The first mention of Sadie Hawkins Day was made in the comic strip in 1937 and proved to be a very popular annual feature. Since that time Sadie Hawkins Day has leaped from the comic strip page to real life. In high schools and on college campuses since 1939, there have been dances and gatherings where the girls ask the boys out, which was pretty much unheard of before 1937. By 1952, Sadie Hawkins Day had been celebrated at 40,000 known venues. It is celebrated on the 1st Saturday of every November and is listed yearly in The Old Farmer’s Almanac! How fun is that?
World Kindness Day – Kindness – do we even know what it is any more? Are our children learning from our example? After observing people lately, I highly doubt it. Have you noticed how truly distanced we are from each other as human beings? I drive down the road and I see grim people without any happy, or even pleasant, expressions on their faces. Walking down the aisles at stores is always an experience, and I find myself falling into the grumpy “GET OUT OF MY WAY” mind set. It’s awful! Very few people are polite, very few are even slightly courteous! They park their carts in the way, set up a circle of visiting people in the way of anyone who wants to get through, they push in front of others, they just act like they are alone in the universe – to heck with anyone else. They are even horrible to people in those motorized carts who need help reaching things, or are having a problem moving out into the walkway because everyone is still in the way having their little visit. The people you would think would be the kindest and most caring, the ones who profess to be Christians and who attend church regularly, don’t even bother being connected with those around them. In my experience, the folks in church are the ones who exclude “outsiders” the most. If you aren’t in the church, backside in the seat weekly, then you don’t exist. Hubby and I have experienced this first hand in the last year. Friends you thought were truly concerned, just really aren’t. Kindness. We are so sorely lacking this commodity that a day has been set up to celebrate it worldwide. Showing kindness to each other is a lost art. It should be instinctive, automatic and in our very natures to be KIND! It isn’t though. Today, please resolve to be KIND to each other. Smile at others around you. BE NICE! Reach out a hand to someone who may be hurting because nobody has bothered to treat them as God intended for us to treat each other. With patience, with love, with polite concern . . . WITH KINDNESS! And don’t limit this to people. Be kind to all creatures – animals too. The most innocent among us, the children, the vulnerable and animals, deserve the kindness we can offer the most. Once you get your kindness muscles working . . . don’t lost the ability . . . be the living example of kindness today, tomorrow and every day to follow.
This Day in History –
1927 – The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River opens to the public, connecting New York City and New Jersey.
1942 – The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Indian Pudding Day – This is a pudding created by the Native American Indians. There are a lot of variations, but the foundation remains the same: milk, cornmeal, spices, apples, nuts and/or raisins and a sweetener, likely molasses.. It seems appropriate to hold this day in mid November, as we approach Thanksgiving. Native American Indians were very much a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. It is quite likely that these puddings were served, and enjoyed, at that first Thanksgiving. I may need to look over these recipes and include one of them with our meal this year.
- Indian Pudding
- Indian Pudding Cake With Molasses Cream
- Cranberry Pudding Cake
- Baked Indian Pudding
- Polenta Pudding Cake
- Old-Fashioned New England Indian Pudding
I’ll be spending my day with my head and heart in prayer for the safety of everyone and their homes in the path of the wind going on today, which is normal for us when things get blustery. Stay safe out there, no matter where you are or what your weather brings your way. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.