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May 9, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Pesach Sheni - Beginning this evening and ending tomorrow evening, this is known as the Second Passover and is an opportunity for those who were not able to celebrate the first Passover, for whatever reason, to celebrate now. Many of the events are the same such as the food and the recitation of the Hallel, but it is less restrictive in that you are not required to remove all leaven from your home and it only lasts one day instead of seven.

Tear The Tags Off The Mattress Day - I know, the tags say that you should leave them on. But I’m pretty sure that only means that they should stay on until the mattresses have been purchased. Once they are yours, you can do whatever you want with them so feel free to go ahead and tear off those tags. I can pretty much guarantee that doing so won’t cause the police to come knocking at your door. If they do, I am reasonably sure they have another reason.

National Butterscotch Brownie Day - You might also know these by the name ‘Blondies’. That’s how I grew up referring to them. They are really good brownies for people like my husband who find they cannot eat chocolate any more. While that is a very sad situation to find yourself in, these delectable morsels will help you overcome the disappointment.

Europe Day (Schuman Day) - The Council of Europe was formed on May 5, 1949. A day was established to celebrate that fact in 1964. However, in 1985, the European Union (or European Communities as it was called then) changed the date to today to coincide with that fact that on this day in 1950, the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman made a historical declaration that led to the eventual creation of the European Union. Europe united economically to protect themselves from another conflict like the one they had just been through that nearly destroyed the entire continent.

National Moscato Day – I've never had this brand of wine before, but today is as good a day as any to try something new. Enjoy a glass today, just be careful about how much you drink if you have to drive home.

Lost Sock Memorial Day – I have a drawer that has plenty of single socks. I have no idea where the lost socks go but I suspect that my daughter, who wears the same size now and NEVER matches her socks (some sort of fashion trend), swiped them. I've never really believed the whole washing machine sock stealing conspiracy theory.

National Teacher Appreciation Day - Celebrated on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week, this is a day to show your teacher(s) how much you appreciate what they do for you or your children. I know there’s a lot of controversy surrounding our educational system these days. I hope that will be resolved in a manner that makes everyone happy very soon. But regardless of how you feel about these issues, we need to show our teachers that they have our support and that we appreciate the fact that they have dedicated their lives to help our children to reach their fullest potential. Many times they go above and beyond what they are paid to do and frequently spend their own money and tons of extra time to make sure the kids have what they need.

Childhood Depression Awareness Day – Researchers at Stanford are working very hard to find ways to prevent this disorder by conducting research studies. Depression among all age groups is on the rise but it is most alarming when it affects our children. This day is celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week in May.

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