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May 5, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Join Hands Day – This is a day that is about bringing together young people and adults to build trust and respect. This day was begun and is promoted by the American Fraternal Alliance.

World Laughter Day – Created in 1998 by Dr. Matan Kataria, also the creator of an exercise routine called Laughter Yoga, this day is about spreading the message of the best medicine not created by doctors. Celebrated in more than 70 countries world wide, the mission of this day is to spread world peace, joy and good health. This day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May every year.

International Day Of The Midwife – The theme this year is “The world needs midwives now more than ever!” Midwives have, I think, been around longer than doctors and have been an important resource for women giving birth to their babies.

Cinco de Mayo – This day commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco – Mexican War. Not a big celebration in Mexico, but in the United States, it has become a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

Oyster Day – A shellfish that is found in fresh or salt water. It's supposed to have aphrodisiac qualities so for a romantic night with your sweetheart, start with some oysters for dinner.

International Baby Lost Mother's Day, or International Bereaved Mother's Day – This is a temporary movement. Created by Anna Jarvis to honor her mother, Ann, who had to live through the death of 7 of her children. I cannot imagine that depth of pain. Mother's Day has become very commercialized and mothers of children who have died have been forgotten or ignored. This is a movement to bring back the true meaning of mother's day.

Cartoonists Day – On this day in 1895, the first color cartoon was published. Now I can't imagine a Sunday newspaper without them, not to mention all those comic books that my kids loved so much.

National Infertility Survival Day – While some people seem to get pregnant if you just sneeze on them, others have a great deal of trouble achieving what becomes the unattainable dream. Having a child can be the most stressful and frustrating and heartbreaking goal of a couple's life.

Totally Chipotle Day – Chipotle is a flavor that is Mexican - Indian in origin, but it is rapidly becoming very popular in the United States as well. It is celebrated today to compliment Cinco de Mayo.

Motorcycle Mass & Blessing Of The Bikes Day – Celebrated on the first Sunday in May, this is a day for motorcyclists everywhere to gather at a special mass to have their bikes blessed.

To celebrate today, start out by calling up my mother to wish her a happy birthday. Then you can head right over to the National Air & Space Museum for their Family Day that you promised your kids yesterday that they would see today. Make sure you hold their hands so they don't get lost, no matter how old they are. It's a big museum. Next, make sure you wish everyone you meet a Happy Cinco de Mayo and laugh about everything. Your family will think you're loony, but you'll be healthier than anyone else. On the way home, stop at a church having a Motorcycle Mass and add your prayers that the cyclists will stay safe this year. When you get home, make sure you line up a midwife for the next time you (or your wife) have a baby. If you know of anyone who has lost a child, or who really wants one and is having difficulties making that happen, call them up to let them know that you are thinking of them today. Next, give the kids the newspaper cartoons to read while you make something with chipotle for dinner for them and make yourself and your significant other some oysters.

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