What’s More American Than Our Constitution, Citizenship, Apple Dumplings and Country Music? Not Much!

Sep 17th

Each day finds me feeling better than the day before.  Today I feel nearly human!  I did manage to eat solid food for dinner last night . . . though I overdid it and paid for it with extreme tummy discomfort for quite some time.  The taste buds appreciated it, but sadly, the system did not.  I knew better, but figured I needed solid food, so why not?  Next time I go with the instincts God gave me, and not my eyes.  I do need to venture out of the house briefly later.  A quick scan of the fridge showed me that it was in dire need of being cleaned out, and while I didn’t have the energy to take things quite THAT far, I did manage to toss a few things into the trash before they decided to crawl out on their own.  It is nice to have food in the house, so as soon as the energy allows, I’ll be heading to the grocery store to make sure we have fruits and veges, at the very least, to get us through the rest of the week.  Do I WANT to make myself public presentable?  Well, no, in all honesty I don’t, but seriously, scaring the general public with my sick/flu face isn’t fair to anyone.  Poor hubby has survived it, but he loves me so it sort of comes with the whole package.

Constitution Day – On September 17th, 1787 the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting to sign the Constitution of the United States of America.  This document was painstakingly labored over to create the most perfect document in the history of our nation.  After the meeting there was still so much to do! The individual states had to meet and vote on it.  Considering  how limited communication was in those days, it is understandable that the  U.S. Constitution did  not go into effect until two years later on March 4, 1789.  Our forefathers are very likely rolling over in their graves these days.  They worked so hard to draft a document that would protect the people from big government, putting a plan in place to check would-be dictators from taking over, or taking advantage of the people.  And yet look what is going on right now, and those who don’t follow the basic principles on which our country is based are getting away with it.  We must stop them.  We must stand up, vote an entirely new group of people into office, and keep nobody who is destroying our country today to lead it tomorrow.  As for the sheeple who are just going along so they can get something for free . . . sorry, but free doesn’t last forever.  At some point there will be a price to pay and I fear that price may just be too high.

Citizenship Day – Today we celebrate being a citizen of the United States of America.  No matter what issues we face, no matter who is plotting and working hard to destroy her, this is still the greatest country the world has ever seen.  Our great country is something every single American should be proud of.  This country stands for freedom, a beacon of hope, promise and success!  Today is a special day for all citizens, whether native born or citizens by choice,  to be proud to be an American, and to appreciate being a citizen of this country and all of the rights and freedoms that it brings.  Never take these rights, freedoms and privileges for granted, for the moment we do, is when they could be snatched out from under us. For the hoards of people illegally crossing our borders, to you I cannot help but hope that we get a leader one day, a real leader, who will send you packing back to the countries from whence you came.  If you can’t come across our border legally, then you have no right to be here at all.  To each and every American citizen, Happy Citizenship Day!

International Country Music Day – I really enjoy country music . . . the newer stuff, not the old whining, twangy stuff (fans of the old, twangy stuff please don’t throw anything at your computer screen).  I didn’t used to like it at all, so many would say I’m making progress!  Country music is actually one of the most popular types of music in the world, and this particular genre originated in the United States.  This special celebration day was established in the 1950s and is held each year on September 17th.  Around the world there will be country music festivals where people who enjoy country music will gather to listen to live music, drink and dance.  Line dancing is popular during this celebration and there are often competitions to for best dancers!  These are events that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.   If you are going to one of these festivals, be sure to dress the part!  If you have them, wear cowboy boots and hat with your jeans and denim shirt!  You’ll fit right in!

School Backpack Awareness Day – When I first saw this one, I admit that I chuckled. Why would we need a day to be aware of school backpacks?  Of course I should have learned by now that I shouldn’t laugh until I look into things further, and this one is a good example of why that would be.  Each day 1000s of children across our country carry heavy loads in their school backpacks, doing damage to their muscles and spines.  This day is to raise awareness to parents and educators of the effects that carrying overloaded backpacks can have on the kids.  here are some pretty compelling facts that should have everyone rethinking how the kids carry their packs, and how much they carry in them each day.

* More than 2,000 backpack-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and clinics in 2007.
* It is recommended that a loaded backpack should never weigh more than 10 percent of the student’s total body weight (for a student weighing 100 pounds, this means the backpack should weigh no more than 10 pounds).
* About 55 percent of students carry a backpack heavier than the recommended guidelines.
* In one study with American students ages 11 to 15 years, 64 percent reported back pain related to heavy backpacks. Twenty one percent reported the pain lasting more than six months.

The way backpacks are worn affects your health. The height of the backpack should extend from approximately two inches below the shoulder blades to waist level or slightly above the waist. It is recommended that individuals always wear the backpack on both shoulders so the weight is evenly distributed. How many kids do we see each day that are carrying their pack from one shoulder, or WAY down their back to around their backside level?  Makes my back hurt just thinking about it!  Dr. Jill Gatlin, DC, of Gatlin Chiropractic and Wellness shares, “Times are changing, and we are seeing children with back and neck pain earlier and earlier. Many of them have to carry their books around with them all day at school. The trend is also for children to sling their backpacks over one shoulder. This causes disproportionate weight and can cause backaches, headaches, and even arm and hand numbness. Parents should be more aware of how heavy their child’s backpack is. Encourage your child to only carry what is necessary in their backpacks. Parents should also ask their child or children to report any pain or any other problems resulting from carrying a backpack.” Sadly, due to security issues, and overpopulation of many public schools, there either aren’t enough lockers to go around, or they aren’t allowing kids to go back and forth to their lockers between classes, so the kids are having to carry the loads around all day long.  Sad isn’t it? There must be an alternative solution.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Apple Dumpling Day – Mix together one part nostalgia, one part pastry dough and one part apple, and you have a sweet treat that will bring you back to the olden days.  You too can become a member of the Apple Dumpling Gang and celebrate this tasty fall treat today!  Do you remember that old movie “The Apple Dumpling Gang” with Tim Conway and Don Knotts?  Such a funny movie!!!  Ah memories.

Well, I’d like to say that the apple dumplings look good to me, sadly, they just don’t!  Maybe you can celebrate that one for me today and let me know how tasty it was, OK?   In the meantime I have a grocery list to make!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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