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February 14, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Valentines Day – I don't think this day needs any explanation. I hope all of you who have a significant other have not forgotten about it. Even doing this blog about all these days, this one still manages to sneak up on me because I always think I've got plenty of time and then, WHAM! What am I going to get him this year?

Frederick Douglass Day – The chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass. He was born a slave in Maryland around the year 1818 and never knew his exact birthday. He was taken from his mother at an early age and raised by his maternal grandmother until he was seven and was taken from her as well. He was an amazing man who taught himself how to read, finally succeeded in escaping slavery and became a gifted orator who inspired thousands of people.

World Whale Day – This is a day celebrated on Maui for the last 35 years to honor the humpback whales that winter in Maui every year. There will be music from Hawaii's top music stars, food, a carnival, an artisan fair and more. Better yet, it's free. Transportation costs are, sadly, not included.  

Pet Theft Awareness Day – Pet theft is a bigger problem than I thought it was. Especially since most pet lovers don't steal other peoples pets so that they can have a pet of their own. The big problem is the despicable organizations that steal pets for medical research.

Library Lovers Day – This is a day to spend at your local Library! It doesn't even matter where you live because this day is celebrated all over the world, wherever there are libraries. Libraries are treasure troves of information. Librarians can help you find almost anything. Just don't ask them what your washing machines and dryers do with all the socks they eat. That's a question that simply has no answer.

National Have A Heart Day – This is a day to focus on keeping (or getting) our hearts healthy by being conscious of what we put in our mouths. I am not a vegetarian, but according to the information I found, I probably should be because apparently vegetarians live an average of 15 years longer than non-vegetarians and have a far smaller likelihood of having heart disease as well.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day – Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) is the most common birth defect which affects more than 1.8 million families. It is a defect in the structure of the heart and major blood vessels. Many children with CHD don't have any alarming symptoms so their condition may go unnoticed and untreated for years, sometimes even for their whole lives. Others have more complex issues with severe symptoms like under-developing arms, legs and muscles, poor growth, respiratory infections, shortness of breath, heart murmurs and more. These children have to take medication and undergo surgeries in order to survive. Make yourself aware of the symptoms so that if your children start to exhibit them, you can get them checked out quickly.

League Of Women Voters Day – Founded on this day in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, this political organization is bipartisan that neither supports nor opposes political candidates. Instead they focus on studying issues, reaching a consensus and taking a stand on the issues that are important to them. Initially it was created to be a support system to help 20 million women use their new voting power to make a difference.

National Ferris Wheel Day – This ride was originally designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. He was born on this day in 1859 in Illinois. Interestingly enough, his parents were named George and Martha. You can find one of these at almost any carnival, fair or amusement park anywhere in the country.

National Call In Single Day – Apparently whoever invented this day believes that being single is sufficient reason to call in sick to work on Valentine's Day. For those who are single and not happy about it, you are encouraged to take some time off of work and do something for yourself today. I will add that I hope that with the economy the way it is right now, please don't do anything that might get you fired.

National Organ Donor Day – Save a life today and sign up to be an organ donor. Well, actually, I'm hoping you don't save a life TODAY. I guess I really meant to say, save a life SOMEDAY by signing up to be an organ donor. I didn't mean to imply that I wanted bad things to happen to YOU today, I just want good things to happen to others SOMEDAY. This is a conundrum that people who desperately need organs face every day. I sympathize with the situation but the sad fact is that we are all going to die someday and if, in death, we can help someone else to be able to live their lives to the fullest, then I consider that to be a positive legacy worth leaving.

International Quirkyalone Day – You don't need to have a significant other in order to feel like a worthwhile person. This day is all about celebrating independence. After all, if you can't be happy by yourself, you will never be happy with someone else either. But it isn't just for singles, sometimes couples don't like the consumerism of Valentine's Day so this is a day for all of us to create a plan for the day that fits your unique likes and dislikes (and those of your partner, if you have one). Do whatever you love to do and have fun doing it.

National Cream Filled Chocolates Day – It's not too surprising that this should fall on Valentine's Day. I love chocolate and if there's cream in it, all the better.

National Condom Day – This day is about making people aware of the importance of keeping ourselves safe from STD's (some of which are very serious and even life threatening) and unwanted increases in the population. Yes, this is a family blog so I am attempting to be ambiguous. Those of you who are old enough to celebrate this day will understand what I'm saying. Take some time to discuss the birds and the bees with your children today in an age appropriate way to make sure they grow up with the right information.

Race Relations Day – This is a day celebrated by some churches in order to impress upon us the importance of interracial relations. In the past, this was celebrated around Abraham Lincoln's birthday but was changed to today back in 1970.

Singles Awareness Day – This is a day for single people and single people only. Gather today with other single people to celebrate or bemoan your singleness. If you wish to celebrate this, you should wear green, because it is supposedly the opposite of red, or wear black because it is the absence of color and so if you wear it you are endorsing the absence of celebration. Some prefer to celebrate this day on the day before or the day after Valentine's Day.

To celebrate today, call in sick if you were scheduled to work today and take your loved one (which could very well be YOU if you are single) and find a Ferris Wheel to ride while you eat cream filled chocolates. Then head to the Library to find a book about Frederick Douglass to read to your children after you talk to them about the importance of voting. Make sure you keep your pets safe and eat healthy today to protect your heart and watch your children for symptoms of a Congenital Heart Defect. Next, sign up to be an organ donor and make sure you have the appropriate items needed in order to avoid spreading STD's and increasing the population unnecessarily. Finally, squeeze in a quick trip to Hawaii for the Whale Festival.  Most important of happy today.

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