Life Day 24045: Happy Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013 at 10:32 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Sunday, May 12, 2013. The first holiday today is, of course, Mother’s Day. If you didn’t already know this, and haven’t made the appropriate preparations, you’re probably in trouble. Mother’s Day was first celebrated on May 10th, 1908 in Philadelphia, PA. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official by designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. If your mother is still alive, spend time with her today. Candy, flowers and a gift are nice, but probably all she really wants is to spend time with her children. Prepare her favorite meal for her, or take her out to a nice restaurant. If she is does not live nearby, have a long conversation with her over the telephone. Be sure to tell her how much she means to you and how special she is. If she is no longer alive, gather as many of your family members together as possible (use an online video chat service such as Skype if you need to), and tell your favorite stories about her. Also visit her grave and leave flowers.

Not that it matters much, but there are some other holidays today. The next is National Limerick Day.  National Limerick Day marks the birthday of writer Edward Lear (1812-1888), who is credited with popularizing this style of poetry with his book “Book of Nonsense” published in 1846. The name limerick came from Limerick, Ireland. A limerick is a poem which consists of five lines. The first two lines and the fifth line rhyme. The third and fourth lines also rhyme, but not necessarily with the other lines. The following is an example (not necessarily a good one, but an example nonetheless) which I came up with on the spur of the moment.
There was a young man from Bako.
He was often considered a flako.
He lived life in full,
It was not dull,
Of that there is no mistako.
I warned you. Celebrate today by writing a few limericks of your own, or reading some humorous limericks by others. Do you have a favorite that you would like to share? (Keep ‘em clean folks).

The third holiday today is Odometer Day. Odometer Day celebrates the anniversary of the invention of the odometer. DUH! On this date in 1847, Mormon pioneer William Clayton, while crossing the plains in a covered wagon invented the first crude odometer. Previous to this, mileage was calculated by counting the revolutions of a rag tied to a spoke of a wagon wheel. I assume they knew the circumference of the wheel, and assigned a reliable person to count the revolutions of the wheel and make the calculations.

The other holiday that I am going to cover today is International Nurses Day. International Nurses Day is the last holiday of Nurses Week. It is observed on this date, (the birthdate of Florence Nightingale), every year. Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system. They facilitate the ‘Hospital-Doctor-Patient’ paradigm. Whether it is preventive care, home care or hospital care, Nurses are an indispensable part of healthcare. Not only do they carry out prescribed treatment measures, they also provide the balm of comfort and advice to patients during times of stress and uncertainty.

The touchy-feely holidays linked below, although possibly of some importance to a select few, do not warrant more than a casual mention in this BLOG.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day.
Hug Your Cat Day.
Mothers Day At The Wall.
National Doodle Day. (It has nothing to do with Yankee)

The food-related holiday today is National Nutty Fudge Day. Fudge is a relative newcomer to the confectionary scene. It is thought to have been first created in the US in the late 1800’s. The first documented fudge recipes come from two female college students in New York during 1888. The girls would make batches of fudge and sell them for 40 cents a pound. The first recipes for fudge were very complex and precise. Today the majority of fudge recipes are simple enough for novice cooks to obtain perfect results. Make some fudge today, or visit your favorite confectioner and purchase some. Either way, be sure it contains some kind of nuts.

On this date in 2002 – Former President Carter arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro. It was the first time a U.S. head of state, in or out of office, had gone to the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.
Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
1831 – Edward Smith became the first indicted bank robber in the U.S.
1888 – Charles Sherrill of the Yale track team became the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race.
1926 – The airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
1932 – The body of Charles and Anna Lindbergh’s son was found just a few miles from the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, NJ.
1940 – The Nazi conquest of France began with the German army crossing Muese River.
1942 – The Soviet Army launched its first major offensive of World War II and took Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine from the German army.
1943 – The Axis forces in North Africa surrendered during World War II.
1949 – The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.
1950 – The American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction after 34 years.
1970 – Ernie Banks, of the Chicago Cubs, hit his 500th home run.
1975 – U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez was seized by Cambodian forces in international waters.
1978 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women.
1984 – South African prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife for the first time in 22 years.
1992 – Four suspects were arrested in the beating of truck driver Reginald Denny at the start of the Los Angeles riots.
And, in 2003 – In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican’s over a congressional redistricting plan.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Mildred McAfee 1900 – First director of U.S. Navy WAVES.
Katherine Hepburn 1907 – Actress.
Howard K. Smith 1914 – Journalist.
Mary Kay Ash 1915 – Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.
Joe Maphis 1921 – Country singer.
Yogi Berra 1925 – Baseball player, manager.
Burt Bacharach 1929 – Composer.
Tom Snyder 1936 – Television host.
George Carlin 1937 – Comedian.
Susan Hampshire 1938 – Actress.
Millie Perkins 1938 – Actress.
Billy Swan 1942 – Singer, songwriter.
Linda Dano 1943 – Actress.
Steve Winwood 1948 – Musician.
Lindsay Crouse 1948 – Actress.
Billy Squier 1950 – Singer.
Bruce Boxleitner 1950 – Actor.
Kim Greist 1958 – Actress.
Ving Rhames 1961 – Actor.
Emilio Estevez 1962 – Actor.
Stephen Baldwin 1966 – Actor.
Kim Fields 1969 – Actress.
Samantha Mathis 1970 – Actress.
Jamie Luner 1971 – Actress.
Melanie Chisholm 1976 – “Sporty Spice”.
Jason Biggs 1978 – Actor.
Emily VanCamp 1986 – Actress.
Malcolm David Kelley 1992 – Actor.
And finally,Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten – 1995 – Actors.

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