Probably the most common male name in all English speaking countries of the world is, Joe. Of course, it is normally short for Joseph, but most people named Joseph just want to be known by Joe. Others come close… John, Jim, Bill, Bob, Questanza… but none replace Joe.
We have named other common things Joe as well. Like a cup of coffee. Nothing like a hot cup of Joe. Maybe Joe made the coffee, brought the coffee or bought the coffee but lets hope it really wan’t made out of Joe.
Even popular books have been named after Joe, as well as a sandwich. I use to love Sloppy Joe’s! The sandwich, not the book. The sandwich was named so because it’s nearly impossible eat without making a mess. Though I have not read the book, from the cover I get the same general idea.
During World War 2, our soldiers were often called Joe… particularly by the Japanese. The G.I. stood for General Issue, the equipment and uniforms supplied to the the average soldier, named Joe. Later the toy, G.I. Joe came out to honor all the American soldiers over the years.
Joe’s a good name. It’s a strong name, simple and honest. Anyone named Joe should be proud of it and this is your day. Something that separates you from all the other Tom, Dick and Harry’s of the world.
How to celebrate – Call yourself Joe today, even if it’s not your name. Have a cup of Joe. Honor ever G.I. Joe the world has ever known.