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September 26, 2015

Today we celebrate a ridiculously busy day:

European Day of Languages - This is a day to celebrate the diverse languages that span our globe.  We are encouraged by the Council of Europe (who created this day in 2001) to learn a new language no matter how old you are. The more people who know more than one language, the easier it will be for different countries and cultures to understand each other.

International Rabbit Day - This seems to be a day to celebrate rabbits both wild and those who are pets.  We celebrate this day on the fourth Saturday in September and are to encourage restaurants to stop selling rabbit on their menus and to encourage stores to stop selling rabbit furs and rabbit feet.  You will find other sites that name a different day for the celebration, and I was not able to find out for sure which one was correct.

National Better Breakfast Day - This is a day that I can really get behind.  A day to have a better breakfast.  I always have a good breakfast because no one wants me to be cranky in the morning.  However, my children rarely eat it.  I have given up badgering them about it because if I make them eat breakfast before they go off to school at that horrifically early hour (their words, not mine), they get sick.  So, since they usually get lunch long before noon, I let it slide on school days.  However, it bothers me that they don’t eat because I know that their brains will work much better if they have a good breakfast in their bodies.

R.E.A.D. in America Day - Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this is a day to celebrate reading.  The acronym means “Reading helps Everyone Accomplish Dreams.”  Celebrate by reading to yourself or to someone else.

World Contraception Day - This is a day to spread the message about keeping yourself safe when you share yourself with someone else.  I can’t talk too frankly about this because I have to be cognizant of my audience.  But everyone should want to avoid STD’s and unwanted pregnancies which is a huge problem all over the world.  So many diseases could be avoided if you just practice abstinence until you are married and you use contraception until you are sure your partner is free of disease and until you are ready to have babies.

Johnny Appleseed Day – Born on this day in 1774, this is a day to celebrate John Chapman who was known by many as Johnny Appleseed. He was responsible for introducing apple trees to parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia and Indiana. He became a legend in this country, even before he died in 1845, mostly because of his conservation skills and his kind and generous way of life.

National Pancake Day – This is not the IHOP Pancake Day that we celebrated back in February, and it is not associated with the “pancake race” that is held every year in England (check back in April for more on this fascinating tradition). This is simply a food holiday that just happens to fall on this day. Have some pancakes for breakfast today.

Love Note Day - This is a day to get out the paper and pen and write a love note to the one you love.  No texting, emailing or tweeting.  That will just not count today.  Paper and pen is the only way to go, but it doesn’t have to be long in order to be heartfelt.  I promise you that your loved one will absolutely love to receive this from you.

Shamu the Whale Day - Shamu is the trademarked name given to various orca whales that perform at several of the SeaWorld parks.  There is a lot of controversy right now regarding the captivity of these whales and several trainers have been injured or killed because the whales are wild creatures who cannot always be controlled the way the SeaWorld people would like them to be.

Lumberjack Day – Created in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable, this is a day to behave like a lumberjack if you know what that type of behavior consists of. Apparently lumberjacks eat a lot of pancakes, talk differently and carry an ax wherever they go. Good luck with that.

Family Health and Fitness Day USA – Celebrated on the last Saturday in September, this is a day to encourage families to engage in physical activity together. Face it, your kids will be far more likely to exercise if they see you doing it. I know when my kids were little, I would exercise here in my house and every time I got down on the floor to do pushups or situps or anything like that, they were right there climbing on me either wanting to do it with me ( in their own fashion ), or wanting to make it harder for me.

National Hunting and Fishing DayCelebrated on the 4th Saturday in September, this is a day to celebrate the history and tradition of hunting and fishing in America.

Fish Amnesty Day - This day, created by PETA, is always celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September. It is a day to understand that fish are living beings with the same rights any animal should have.  PETA wants to protect the fish by convincing vegetarians who eat fish to become full vegetarians.  

International Lace Day - Also celebrated on the last Saturday in September, this is a day to make lace.  You can’t have too much of the stuff, it doesn’t take up too much room and it is pretty.  Make a lace tablecloth for your dining room table.  Or a runner for a living room table or nightstand.

Kiwanis Kids’ Day - Another fourth Saturday in September celebration, this one was created by Kiwanis International in 1949, to focus on children and their welfare. On this day Kiwanis clubs all over the world have a wide variety of activities that involve children.  From parades to picnics to talent shows and banquets.  Contact the Kiwanis International Foundation here to find out more.

National Museum DayMany (but probably not all) museums will have free admission today so take advantage of that and visit your favorite, or take a chance and visit one you've never been to today.  You may have to register for this event ahead of time.  It is usually on the last Saturday in September.

National Wildlife Ecology Day - This is a day for working together to help the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting.  As far as I can tell, they don’t wish to stop hunting completely, just the hunting that involves killing for the sake of killing, and killing animals that we do not use for food.

National Public Lands Day – Celebrated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, this is a day to enjoy, and learn how to conserve, public lands.  They gather together thousands of volunteers on the last Saturday of September to work on maintaining the land for everyone to enjoy.  They make sure trails are clear and safe, plant trees and other plants, remove invasive plant species, and collect trash.

To celebrate today, make enough apple pancakes for a lumberjack for your breakfast, and write love notes to Shamu the Whale before you start learning another language while you make a lace tablecloth for the Kiwanis Kids. Next, read about rabbits while you fish for fish that you will then release and not eat after you catch them.  Then, stay fit by walking with your family to the nearest museum making sure you walk by some public lands to watch for wildlife.  Tonight, make sure you use contraception.

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