What do Kindergarten and Cashews Have In Common? They Are Both Celebrated Today!

Apr 21st

Humor Month – Joke of the Day

Ol’ Fred had been a religious man who was in the hospital, near death. The family called their preacher to stand with them. As the preacher stood next to the bed, Ol’ Fred’s condition appeared to deteriorate and he motioned frantically for something to write on.

The pastor lovingly handed him a pen and a piece of paper, and Ol’ Fred used his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then he died. The preacher thought it best not to look at the note at that time, so he placed it in his jacket pocket.

At the funeral, as he was finishing the message, he realised that he was wearing the same jacket that he was wearing when Ol’ Fred died.

He said, “You know, Ol’ Fred handed me a note just before he died. I haven’t looked at it, but knowing Fred, I’m sure there’s a word of inspiration there for us all.”

He opened the note, and read out loud, “Hey, you’re standing on my oxygen tube?”

 

It’s Kindergarten Day

When I first saw that today was Kindergarten Day, I thought, Hmmm, that’s odd, it’s a Sunday – why would this be on Sunday?  Turns out that the date was set in honor of Friedrich Froebel, born on this day in 1782.  In 1837 he started the very first Kindergartens in Germany.  So, do you remember Kindergarten?  I remember leaving home for the bus.  The neighbor down the street who sometimes babysat for me, was going to come and get me onto the bus.  My Mom kept asking me if I wanted her to take me to school – and the thought horrified me!  Why on earth would I want to miss this amazing ride on the bus I’d been watching drive past my house for the past few years???  Nope, I got dressed in my new school clothes, marched up the sidewalk to the street to meet Sherry, and onto the bus without a backward glance.  I looked back at the house from my seat on the bus, feeling so grown up, to see my mother with tears falling down her face, waving with a brave smile on her face.  That day was MUCH harder on her than it ever was on me.  My teacher’s name was Mrs. Thomas, and I thought she was ancient!!!  Looking back with adult eyes, she probably wasn’t much older than her mid to late 50s.  Funny what seems old to you when you’re 5, isn’t it?  The first day of Kindergarten for my daughter was probably about the same for me as it was my mother, but I wasn’t about to let these moments go by without photographic evidence.  The neighbors and I walked all of our kids to the bus stop, waited for them to get on, then raced back to our cars and followed the bus to school, piling out to take pictures as they all trooped off of the bus.  I got a BIG eye-roll out of that one, but I didn’t care. This was my baby and she was heading to school.  Fortunately my son wanted me to take him on his first day, so it was balm to the hurting heart – of course he was a year younger than the other kids, so though academically and intellectually ready, emotionally he was anxious. Mommy to the rescue!  No matter how your child handles it though, the first day of Kindergarten is exciting, memorable and sometimes frightening.  Why start them so young though?  Well back in 1837, Mr. Froebel set things up for Kindergarten to be half day long, to get kids acclimated into learning, social interaction, and school in an educational, yet fun environment.  Kindergarten has evolved in many areas to be a full day long to accommodate increasing pressures on education, and because more mothers working in America, to make up the short fall for child care.   I think full time Kindergarten is too much for children of that age – 1/2 day is plenty to test those waters.  But what do I know?  If I had it to do over again my kids would have a home school curriculum.  How to celebrate today?  Pull out pictures of yourself or your children from that year and smile at the memories.  They are precious and so fleeting. 

Fibroids Awareness Week – April 21st – 27th – 1 in 3 women, mostly between the ages of 40 -50 (though they can affect all ages), suffer from uterine fibroids.  What are they though?  They are benign (non-cancerous) growths that appear on the muscular wall of the uterus.  They range in size from microscopic to masses that fill the entire abdominal cavity, in some cases as large as a 5 month pregnancy.  What are the symptoms?  While not cancerous, uterine fibroids can cause problems. Depending on size, location and number of fibroids, common symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Excessive bleeding, including prolonged periods and passage of clots, which can lead to anemia.
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Pressure on the bladder, leading to frequent urination
  • Pressure on the bowel, leading to constipation and bloating
  • Infertility

For many years the standard practice was to just perform a hysterectomy and get it over with, throwing women who weren’t very old straight into having to take hormone replacement therapy and sudden menopause.  Today that’s not necessarily the way things need to go, as more and more people become aware that fibroids are very common, and that there are alternative treatments besides the over-performed hysterectomy.  One such treatment was embolization, initially used to reduce bleeding during uterine surgery.  It was noted that it had the effect of shrinking fibroids.  Eventually this lead to the very first fibroid embolization in America and has since been performed on thousands of patients successfully.  When I was diagnosed with fibroids that were quite large, I chose to go another route altogether.  I researched and found a product called Fibrovan  (www.fibrovan.com) to shrink my fibroids to a manageable level.  In one year, from my doctor being able to feel my tumors on palpation, they shrunk to the point that she couldn’t feel them any longer – they reduced in size by at least half.  Yes, I have to continue taking it to keep them down, but eventually, as menopause comes, the fibroids will go away naturally and I won’t have to worry about it any longer.  It’s better than surgery, and reduces the symptoms suffered from fibroids.  However you choose to deal with them, please look at alternatives to invasive surgery.

Administrative Professionals Week – April 21st – 27th – In 1952 the Administrative Professionals Week and Day were set up to honor the people who carry the bulk of the paperwork and grind of most offices.  It’s true that for the most part the upper management positions delegate the work and the rest of the staff carries it out – not always, but that’s just the way it is set up. I have worked at offices where I felt completely appreciated and valued, and at others where I felt stomped on and unappreciated completely.  Most of them though, fall to the in between where the office staff is not shown any appreciation at all during this week, or actually any week.  We are furniture serving a function.  Everyone needs to be told that they are doing a good job now and again, and if not told, then perhaps shown with occasional pay increases to help with the cost of living.  Perhaps an unexpected office lunch, or bonus, a gift card or just a verbal “hey, I really am glad you’re here and you’re doing a great job!”  A little praise goes a long way.  Biding time in a job where there aren’t any overtures of appreciation makes people miserable and causes restlessness and makes people want to move on to somewhere they will be valued.  This week was set up to nudge bosses to sit up and actually notice their staff, and give them the kudos they richly deserve and that will keep them going for another year.  I used to work for an office where each month I was given flowers and a nice lunch, and once a year he sent me and my family on a trip somewhere for a weekend, along with a healthy bonus for spending money.   This was followed by an office where I was shown every single day, in big and small ways, that not only was I appreciated, I was an integral reason that business kept moving forward.  Of course the trade-off for these jobs was a 5 hour round trip commute – so I’m sure they had to do something to encourage me to get up and onto that ferry every day.  Just a note for those of you who are in management, appreciate your staff.  Show them somehow that they are of value. A little now could go a long way in boosted morale and increased productivity.

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day – Not a true nut, a cashew is actually a seed from the cashew apple — each fruit has only one seed.  I found out that the cashew apple is a very sweet and juicy fruit that is grown mostly in Brazil and the Caribbean – and that the skin is so delicate that it is unsuitable for transport – which explains why we don’t see it in our markets.  The pulp is sweet and juicy and is a delicacy in the countries in which is its grown.  Makes me want to try some!  Since we can’t get the fruit here, we do get to enjoy the seeds, and today is the day to enjoy them covered in chocolate! Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

Not much on the calendar for celebrations today, but we did manage to sneak a couple weeklies in there to make up for it.  Have a happy trip down Kindergarten memory lane, take a look at your health choices and the alternatives to surgery – whether you have fibroids or something else going on, and as you head into this week – value yourself if nobody else will.  You truly are special enough to be honored so if that isn’t coming from an outside source, then find a way to treat yourself to something that will make you feel good.  God Bless You and have a wonderful day.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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