Old Stuff, Rescue Cats, Reading, and Banana Cream Pie

March 2, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Good morning my mundane minions. Today is Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Today is the 61st day of the year, and 304 days remain.

Old Stuff Day  

Old Stuff Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd. Contrary to the opinions of some, this holiday does not reference yours truly. Rather, it refers to breaking free from your humdrum existence and trying something new.
When you ask someone “How is it going?”, how often do they reply “Not much, same old stuff.” How sad. If you find that you’ve grown bored with your routine, then Old Stuff Day is a time to shake things up a bit. I don’t mean having cereal instead of toast for breakfast this morning. I mean real change, doing something challenging: Learn how to set the clock on your car radio or DVD player; start growing a beard (not recommended for my female readers unless you plan to make the circus a career); learn to play the bongos or a kazoo; start a garden so that you can grow your own vegetables; climb Mt. Everest. Well, OK, that last one may seem a bit extreme, but you get the idea.
To celebrate Old Stuff Day, step out of “the box” and do something today that is out of your comfort zone or normal range of expertise.
Author’s Note:
While the majority of my sources interpreted Old Stuff Day as I did above, one source interpreted this holiday to mean that you should go through your closets, garage, attic, or basement and sort through your ‘old stuff’. They interpreted it as a time to reflect and reminisce. Just be careful if you agree with this interpretation of Old Stuff Day. Don’t get carried away and start throwing things away – you don’t want to turn this holiday into “spring cleaning” – there is another holiday for that later this year.

International Rescue Cat Day

International Rescue Cat Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd. A relatively new holiday to the National Day calendar, it was first celebrated in America just two years ago, in 2019. As you might infer, this holiday urges us to consider rescuing a friendly furball from an animal shelter.
Cats first became domesticated around 10,000 years ago. As agriculture became more prevalent, so did surplus crops. Those surplus crops attracted rodents, and the rodents attracted wild cats who ate them. Thus began the symbiotic relationship between humans and cats. Over the years, these wildcats began to evolve into all the varieties of cats we love today.
According to PETA, there are approximately 3.4 million cats that enter shelters each year – just in the United States alone. Of those 3.4 million, about 1.4 million of these cats will be euthanized. Of all the felines that enter shelters in America each year, around 41% are euthanized, 37% are adopted, and 5% are eventually returned to their owners.
To celebrate International Rescue Cat Day, consider making a donation to a local animal shelter today. If you are considering acquiring another furry family member, adopt one from a shelter – not from a pet store or breeder.

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day (aka Dr. Seuss Day) is celebrated on March 2nd [the anniversary of the birth of famous children’s book author Dr. Seuss] – unless it falls on a weekend, in which case it is celebrated on the closest school day You can easily surmise that this holiday urges us to take time out to read today and encourage our children to do the same.
Read Across America Day was the initiative of the NEA who created this holiday in 1997 – with the intended purpose of encouraging an interest in reading among young people. The birthdate of Dr. Seuss was appropriately adopted as the annual date to celebrate Read Across America Day, because who better to spark an interest in reading among young people than Dr. Seuss?
To celebrate Read Across America Day, read to your children today – or better yet, have them read to you.
Author’s Note:
Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was born on this date in 1904. He is best known for writing children’s books (he wrote 46 of them), but he also worked as an illustrator and political cartoonist. He occasionally published under the pen-name Theo Le Seig as well, and in one instance, Rosetta Stone.

In American English, Dr. Seuss is pronounced as Dr. Soose, and that is the way that he pronounced when referencing his books. However, his family, who were immigrants from Germany, pronounced ‘Seuss’ as ‘Zoice‘. So, to be correct, if you are referencing one of his books, you pronounce ‘Seuss’ as ‘Soose’, but if you are referencing the author by name, Theodore Seuss Geisel, you should pronounce ‘Seuss’ as ‘Zoice‘.

National Banana Cream Pie Day 

National Banana Cream Pie Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd. You don’t need to be a patissier to determine that this holiday celebrates banana cream pie.
Bananas arrived in the United States in the 1880s and by the early 1900s, banana recipes appeared in every major cookbook across the country. Banana Cream pie is consistently on the list of America’s favorite desserts. The cream pie filling is traditionally made with milk, cream, flour, and eggs to create a custard. You could also use a package of “pudding and pie filling” mix to make a pie quicker and easier, but to me, it never turns out quite right.
There is no one “right way” to make a banana cream pie. Some people prefer a pastry crust while others prefer a graham cracker or Nilla Wafer™ crust. (My preferred crust is graham cracker). I’ve never tried it, but I think that an Oreo crust would be delicious as well. Banana Cream Pie is traditionally served with a dollop of whipped cream (hence the word ‘cream’ in the name) as a topping. I have heard of people using meringue instead of whipped cream as a topping, but then it is NOT “Banana Cream Pie”, is it? It is “Banana Meringue Pie”. The cream vs meringue debate reminds me of an anecdote:

Years ago when I was an over-the-road truck driver, I stopped at a “national chain” truck stop for dinner. After dinner, I ordered a slice of Banana Cream Pie for dessert. The waitress brought out a piece of Banana Pie with meringue on it. Naturally, I complained. I said, “I ordered Banana Cream Pie. This is Banana Meringue Pie.” To which she actually replied, “Meringue, cream, what’s the difference?” I looked at her totally dumbfounded and said, “I don’t know sweetheart, what’s the difference between a chicken and a cow?”  

Whichever way you like it, enjoy a slice of banana cream pie for dessert tonight in celebration of National Banana Cream Pie Day.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

 

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