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April 29, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Childcare Professionals Day - Children, the love of our lives and the bane of our existence all in one tiny, adorable, demanding, sleep depriving package. When you have children, you will at some point, need to have some dependable childcare. If you stay at home with the kids in some capacity, you might be able to get away with teenaged babysitters. But if you have to leave the home for any length of time on a regular basis, you will need to find a professional. Good ones that you can trust can be hard to find but I have faith that you will persevere and succeed.   

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare - Created by the United Nations Conference of the States Parties in 2005, this is a day to commemorate the victims of chemical warfare. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is hard at work in their efforts to convince the world that chemical weapons should be eliminated from wars. Soldiers are generally prepared for such things, so the only people who suffer are the innocent civilians who always seem to suffer the most in a war.

Viral Video Day - Created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, this is a day to make and post short video clips that may or may not appeal to thousands and thousands, maybe millions, of people who have nothing better to do than watch short video clips and share them with their friends. You will have better luck if you post something with a cute kitten because everyone loves cute kittens. Other options include making something funny or something sappy that makes people cry because while I don’t quite understand it, people like to cry.

World Wish Day - Created in 1980 when a seven year old boy who was dying of leukaemia was asked what he would wish for if he could have anything he wanted. He wished that he could be a police officer even if just for a day. The local police in his area granted his wish and just like that, almost, the Make-A-Wish Foundation International was born. I’m sure it wasn’t quite that easy to create a foundation like that. There was probably a little bit of paperwork involved as well. But its’ mission is to add joy to the remaining days of terminally ill children and to acknowledge and honor their courage and everlasting hope.

National Hairball Awareness Day - Celebrated on the last Friday in April (although some say it is celebrated on April 25th every year), this is a day to spread awareness of the dreadful and debilitating hairball disease. Mostly suffered by felines and feline lovers, although my canine also seems to suffer from periodic bouts of the disease, it causes coughing, hacking, and puking on the brand new living room carpet or in the expensive and also brand new dress shoes. Volunteer at your local SPCA to help them find a cure for this socially unacceptable issue.

Arbor Day - Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 and officially celebrated on the last Friday in April, although some states celebrate on different days because of differences in when the best tree planting time is in their areas. Find out when your state celebrates here. You can also find many different ways that you can celebrate above and beyond simply planting a tree such as reading a book about trees, taking a hike, drawing a picture of trees, writing a poem about trees, and anything else your mind can think of.

International Dance Day – Begun in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute, the purpose is to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre. Mr. Noverre is the father of modern ballet and was born in 1727. But we don’t just celebrate ballet, we celebrate every form of dance there is, cross all barriers and come together with a language everyone understands.

National Shrimp Scampi Day – If you like shrimp, butter, garlic and parsley, this is the meal for you. Try this recipe if you don’t already have one you like.

Peace” Rose Day – The Peace Rose was developed by French horticulturist, Francis Meiland. He wanted to save the rose during World War II when it seemed inevitable that France would fall to Germany so he sent cuttings of his rose to friends in Italy, Germany, Turkey and the U.S. It made it onto the last plane to the U.S. before the German invasion. During the war it was cultivated in the U.S. by the Conrad Pyle Co. In 1945, Monsieur Meiland contacted Field Marshall Alan Brooke, one of the master strategists of the U.S. whose strategies helped win the war, and offered to name the rose after him. But Brooke suggested that he name it “peace” instead. It's name was announced on this day in 1945. The day that Berlin fell to Allied forces and the war against Germany was officially over.

Zipper Day – On this day in 1913, the zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback. Where would we be without it? Would we still have to button our pants and coats?  Would we need lots of help and patience to get into and out of our dresses?  Others before him attempted to develop different kinds of fasteners but their attempts didn’t achieve the success of Sundback.

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