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May 8, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Iris Day – Irises are a beautiful flower named after the Greek Goddess of rainbows. Irises come in many different colors and if you see my father's house, you'll find many of them. There are 300 different species, which my father certainly doesn't have the space for, much to my mother's relief.

No Socks Day – This is a made up holiday by the Wellcat people. The purpose is to give up wearing socks for the day so you have less laundry. While having less laundry is definitely a good thing for this mother of 3 children, I find that socks don't take up much room. The thing we should go without are the pants. They take up the most space in the washing machine.

V-E Day – While the war in Europe officially ended on May 7th in the afternoon, when German General Jodl officially surrendered, Stalin disagreed with Churchill & Truman on how their victory should be announced so it was delayed until 7:40pm when Churchill had enough and announced what everyone already knew anyway by that time. He declared May 8th to be a holiday and people began celebrating and dancing in the streets until a thunderstorm ended the festivities. But they picked back up again first thing in the morning on this day in 1945. They pooled their rationed resources and had street parties all over England. On May 9th, the war effort resumed as they were still fighting Japan.

National Receptionist Day – Celebrated on the 2nd Wednesday in May, this is a day to celebrate receptionists for every company in America. Receptionists are the first people that are seen to represent an organization. When a customer walks in the door if the receptionist doesn't make a good impression on behalf of the company, many times that customer will walk back out again. They work hard to maintain the image of their company and to promote that company's capabilities.

National Coconut Cream Pie Day – I'm not a fan of coconut but my husband is so I might have to make one of these for him today.

Donate A Day's Wages To Charity – The second Wednesday in May is also a day to support charities. Consider donating a full day's wages to your favorite charity.

National Night Shift Workers Day – Another day celebrated on the second Wednesday in May. This is a day to honor those brave individuals who work at night and sleep during the day in order to keep the companies they work for operating 24 hours a day. I did it for one week when I was much younger and I thank God that I didn't have to do it any longer because I was exhausted. That is a danger that people who live this lifestyle face, perpetual exhaustion which can make doing everything much more dangerous.

Occupational Safety & Health Professionals Day – Celebrated since 2006, this is a day to recognize the commitment of occupational safety, health, and environmental professionals to protect people, their property and the environment. These are the people who work hard to identify and remove workplace hazards in all organizations. This is a two day celebration so you will see it tomorrow as well.

Time Of Remembrance & Reconciliation For Those Who Lost Their Lives During The Second World War – This day is celebrated today and tomorrow. It was created by the United Nations in 2004 and it urges all United Nations Countries to pay tribute to all the victims of World War II. This is the day chosen for celebration because this is the day that Adolf Hitler's Third Reich ended.

To celebrate today, go sockless. You're not going to have to go out much anyway. Then, before your day gets too busy, take a quiet moment and honor the victims of World War II in any way that you feel is appropriate. Then, call up the receptionist at your work to tell him/her what a good job he/she is doing. Next, call your favorite charity and donate a day's wages toward their mission. Next, plan a party to be held late tonight to celebrate V-E day. Make sure you invite a whole bunch of night shift workers and pass out coconut cream pie, lilies, and leaflets talking about occupational safety.

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