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April 12, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day - Grilled cheese sandwiches are delicious! They are one of my go-to comfort foods to be sure. Warm, melted cheese between two slices of buttered bread. Whenever possible I like to throw in a slice of bologna or ham and a slice of tomato as well. Now I’m hungry.

National Only Child Day - There are advantages to having siblings, but there are also advantages to being an only child. Only children don’t have to share their parents’ attention, their toys, their rooms or the last brownie. They don’t have to fight for the covers, the best seat in the car or wear hand me downs. On the other hand, they also can’t blame anyone else for breaking Mom’s favorite lamp or coloring on the walls with permanent marker.

International Day for Street Children - Begun in 2011 by the Consortium for Street Children, this is a day let the voices of millions of street children be heard. The theme this year is a celebration of the United Nations agreement to develop a General Comment on Children in Street Situations. The Consortium believes that this will have a positive impact on the lives of the children and the organizations that help them.

National Licorice Day – Did you know that the licorice plant is a member of the pea family? I had no idea, either. I found that information and more at I also found out that Licorice International sells more than 160 types of licorice so I’m sure you can find something that you will like if you’re not a fan of the standard licorice that you get at the grocery store.

Big Wind Day – On this day in 1934, during a “wild April storm”, the observatory on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire recorded a wind gust of 231 miles per hour. The highest velocity of naturally produced wind ever officially recorded by an anemometer on this planet so far. And yes, after the storm was over, the anemometer was tested and found to be working accurately. The fascinating story can be found here.

Russian Cosmonaut Day – On this day in 1961, 27 year old Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin piloted the first manned spacecraft, the Vostok 1, around the earth. He was up there for 1 hour and 48 minutes. His accomplishment made him a hero in his country. To this day, Yuri’s night in space is celebrated around the world.

International Day Of Human Space Flight – In 2011, the United Nations adopted a resolution creating this day in honor of the first manned spaceflight mentioned above. If you think about it, the first astronauts had to have a great deal of courage because no one knew what effect space travel would have on the human body.

D.E.A.R. Day – This acronym means Drop Everything And Read. A day made in honor of Beverly Cleary's birthday. Since she had written about D.E.A.R. in one of her books, the least we can do is make sure we read at least one of her books to our children today. Since this day falls on a Sunday this year, schools may have celebrated it on Friday, or they may wait until Monday.

Walk On Your Wild Side Day – We all have a hidden wild side that we can feel free to set loose today. Throw caution to the wind and do whatever your heart desires. I’m a naturally reserved kind of person but even I have a little bit of a wild side that on occasion makes my husband wonder who he married.

Holy Wednesday - In the Christian faith, this is the Wednesday before Jesus died. It is also the day that Mary anointed the head and feet of Jesus with expensive oil, which ultimately let to Judas becoming greedy and making arrangements to betray Jesus for money.

National Bookmobile Day – Begun in 2010, and celebrated on the Wednesday of National Library Week, this is a day to celebrate the contributions of the nation's bookmobiles and the people who make them possible. In case you don’t have any in your area, bookmobiles are libraries on wheels that bring the books to people who can’t come to the libraries.

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