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September 16, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina - This day was created by a Presidential Proclamation made by President George W. Bush.  It acknowledges that Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in America’s history with devastation the likes of which most of us cannot even comprehend.  It asks that we work to support those who have been injured, displaced, or still trying to rebuild their lives.  It further asks that we pray for the victims and remember the ones who lost their lives.

National School Backpack Awareness Day - Have you lifted or weighed your child’s backpack lately?  Sometimes they carry a lot more in those things than they should be carrying for their size, and many times they hang it over one shoulder.  Too much of this can create back pain that haunts these kids for the rest of their lives.  Make sure your child knows the right way to carry their backpacks and only has in it the things that they really need.

National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day – One of my favorite kinds of bread. You can bet I'll be making some of this today if I can just fit it into my busy schedule.

National Collect Rocks Day – This is a day for rock collectors everywhere to get out into the world and look for some unusual rocky specimens to add to your collections. If you don't have a collection yet, there is no time like today to get one started.

National Guacamole Day - This is a day for making and eating guacamole.  There was a time that I would not eat this green mush because I could not stand avocados.  But my husband eventually got me to try it and now I can’t get enough.

Step Family Day – Founded in 1997 by Christy Borgeld, this is a day to recognize that step families are a part of life for something like 50 percent of Americans. We can't choose our parents or our siblings, whether we are born to them or they are added later on. Sometimes we are blessed with wonderful step families, and other times they are a challenge. Whatever your situation, do your best to bond with them and give them a chance to bond with you. You just might end up loving them if you let yourself.

Mayflower Day – On this day in 1620, the Mayflower departed from England on it's way to the New World and an adventure that they probably really didn't know they were getting themselves into.
National Play-Doh Day – This is a day to celebrate that multi-colored modeling “clay” that kids LOVE to play with. I love to play with it too. Make some wonderful play-doh creations today. You don’t even need to buy it, if you look online you can find a recipe using ingredients you probably have on hand.

Working Parents Day – It is not easy for working parents to do everything kids require parents to do, from picking them up from school when they are sick, to attending parent-teacher conferences, to driving them all over creation in the evenings for their extra curricular activities. Sometimes dinner time is whenever you can get ten minutes to throw some food at the kids and hurry them out the door for something. After a full day of work, that is not easy. So kudos to the working parents out there who are doing the best they can do with the time they are given.

Wrinkled Raincoat Day - On this day in 1927, Peter Falk was born.  Mr. Falk was an amazing actor (my opinion, I confess) who played a detective named Columbo in a series of television shows.  He is known for wearing a wrinkled raincoat on the show and for being an extraordinarily intelligent detective, while giving the impression of being an idiot.

Anne Bradstreet Day – Quite possibly the first published American poet. She was born sometime around 1612 in England and married when she was 16 years old.  After emigrating with her family to America at the age of 18 she had eight kids and still found time to write poetry. She died on this day in 1672.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – Created in 1994 by the United Nations General Assembly, this is a day to honor the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. The goal being to stop the depletion of the ozone layer which is a serious protection for us from the sun. Without it, it will be much more difficult to live on this planet and I would need to buy stock in sunscreen companies.

Stay Away From Seattle Day – Well, this is different. This is a day for tourists to avoid Seattle. Apparently they get a lot of tourists there all year long and they need a day to themselves. I can understand that, I guess. Everyone needs a break now and then. So if you're traveling today, avoid Seattle. Take the long way around if you have to, just don't go there.

Mexican Independence Day - “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la independencia!” are words that Father Miguel Hidalgo spoke to the Mexican people the evening before their fight for independence from Spain on this day in 1810.  Those words became the Mexican’s battle cry.  Every Mexican fought regardless of age, sex, race or social position.  They fought with whatever they could get their hands on.  They fought for eleven hard years before they finally won.  This day is celebrated with parades, bullfights, performances, rodeos and feasting.

To celebrate today, say a prayer for Hurricane Katrina victims and check on your child’s backpack.  before you gather your step family around you and put on a Mayflower launch reenactment.  Feel free to use play doh to make the ship because who has that much wood lying around.  Next, you can have some guacamole and tortilla chips in honor of Mexican Independence.  Then, stay out of Seattle and put on a wrinkled raincoat to channel your inner detective while you look online to find out what you can do to save the ozone layer.  Next, make some cinnamon raisin bread to give to the working parents you know. Finally, collect interesting rocks with your kids while you tell them all about Anne Bradstreet.

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