June 19th Father’s Day

Father’s Day, in some places better known as St. Joseph’s Day, was first thought of in the US by Grace Golden Clayton in December 1907 when she brought the idea up to her pastor.  Mother’s Day was already being celebrated and only seemed fair that there should be a day for Father’s as well. Fairmont, West Virginia celebrated the day on July 5th, 1908 with Grace and her church celebrating a “Day for Father”. It didn’t go over too well, it seems it conflicted with the celebration on July 4th, our Country’s birthday.

So Father’s Day disappeared for a while.  Sonora Smart Dodd brought the idea up again, placing the date on June 19th, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. It fared a little better but still did not take off until she brought in back in the 1930’s. Maybe it had something to do with the depression and people needing a reason to celebrate, or maybe it was because so many fathers were disappearing because they coud not deal with the pressures of having to take care of a family when they had no way to do it. It made those fathers that stuck it out seem all that much more valuable. Still, Congress refused to allow the holiday as a national celebration.

Then finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Father’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated by the entire country to honor their fathers.

Now I know fathers can be good, or bad, or even non-existent. I can only speak about my own father. My father has been an inspiration to me. He always seems to know the right thing to do, the right things to say and what is important. He is always there when I need him.  Whether I agreed with his opinion or not growing up, I felt the need to respect what he said. I have learned a lot of very valuable things from him.. it wasn’t math or science, reading or writing… it was about showing up, about standing up for people that could not stand up for themselves, and it was about listening.

A father doesn’t always say things but they nearly always do something. He doesn’t have to be a carpenter to build you a tree house. He doesn’t have to be a teacher to educate you. He just has to be there. Here’s to all the fathers that show up. Happy Father’s Day!

How to celebrate: Just spend some time with your dad or any other person you consider a father figure in your life. Buy him a gift that means something, not that just satisfies your need to give something. Take an interest in what your father does, even if it isn’t something you understand, after all, he’s done that for you all your lifetime.

June 9th Donald Duck Day

Donald Fauntleroy Duck was born on June 9th, 1934. Walt Disney was his dad. Apparently Mickey Mouse needed a friend after being alone since 1928. Donna Duck came along in 1937 but her relationship with Donald was doomed to failure after Donald met Daisy in 1940. Donald and Mickey always seemed to have a love/hate relationship as no matter how hard he tried, Mickey always seemed to out shine Donald. Well, welcome to Walt Disney’s World of imagination, which is in Orlando.

How to celebrate – Watch Donald Duck on YouTube. Choose your favorite Walt Disney character. Learn how to speak like Donald Duck.

June 5th National Trails Day

There was a time when trails were like the major highways we travel on today. They got wider and wider as time went on and eventually became roads and highways. Probably the most famous here in America was the Oregon Trail, it was so famous they even made a video game out of it. Today trails are more for our leisure. We travel them when we want to explore nature or get some exercise. This holiday always falls on the first Saturday of June when thew weather is warmer and the sun is, generally, shining. Enjoy the trails and imagine you are a settler traveling over these paths for the first time ever.

How to celebrate – Plan a trip on a trail. Explore different trails in your area. Create new trails for other to explore.

June 1st Flip A Coin Day

Flipping a coin to help make a choice you might not otherwise be able to decide has been around since the days of Julius Caesar. It case you didn’t figure it out, the proper call was always “Heads”, anything else might cost you yours! This does not mean flipping a coin will always help you make the right choice, in fact you’ve only got a 50 percent chance of getting it right! That means you also have a 50% chance of getting it wrong. But, if it’s not all that important, you can use the flip of a coin to help you decide what to do and what not to do, or to start a football game.

How to celebrate – Make sure you have a coin for today. (They are getting more and more rare these days!) By a two headed coin and trick someone. You could flip a bill but it’s a little difficult to do.

June 20th International Surfing Day

June 20th – International Surfing Day

This day was created in 1993 by Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation. It honors all those dudes, and dudettes, that hang ten on those gnarly waves that crash ashore from the sea. It always falls on the third Saturday in June. There is an entire culture that lives the surfing lifestyle. They are normally found on the beach, both morning and night. We associate bonfires and bottles of beer, long haired dudes, and wet suits with surfing, but that is not the case – surfers come from all walks of life. Normally surfers are found on the coasts,for example, Iowa, isn’t called home to too many surfers. Oddly, this carefree lifestyle is not cheap, with the average surfboard costing $300.00 going up into the thousands.

How to celebrate – Start surfing.  Just hang out at the beach and pretend you are a surfer. Go to a Beach Boys concert.

June 23rd National Pink Day

Real men do wear pink! So do real women! If you are in the pink it means you are feeling well and in tip top shape. Oddly, I found no association with breast cancer awareness but wearing pink generally means support for that movement. It’s a bright color and normally associated with feeling good. It’s hard to be mad at someone wearing pink, unless of course that someone is Pee Wee Herman! It is considered a cool color, unless it is hot pink and then it’s meant to stand out! You can’t exactly hide while wearing pink either, although a lot of army uniforms contain a shade of pink to blend better with mother nature. And then there are those of us that wear a lot of pink because we have washed our red clothes with our white clothes!

How to celebrate – Wear something pink! Paint your house pink. Feel good about the color, pink.

June 20th International Surfing Day

June 20th – International Surfing Day

This day was created in 1993 by Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation. It honors all those dudes, and dudettes, that hang ten on those gnarly waves that crash ashore from the sea. It always falls on the third Saturday in June. There is an entire culture that lives the surfing lifestyle. They are normally found on the beach, either morning or night. We associate bonfires and bottles of beer, long haired dudes and wet suits with surfing. Normally surfers are found on the coasts, Iowa (for example) isn’t called home to too many surfers. Oddly, this carefree lifestyle is not cheap with the average surfboard costing $300.00 (there are many higher priced than that).

How to celebrate – Start surfing.  Just hang out at the beach and pretend you are a surfer. Go to a Beach Boys concert.

June 12th National Red Rose Day

June 12th – National Red Rose Day

The red rose is America’s favorite flower. It is supposed to represent love and romance. It is a beautiful flower and I have to admit, red is my favorite color so the combination works well. “Roses are red, violets are blue. Some people are allergic and it makes them achoo!” Roses signify many emotions, among the many colors are pink – admiration, yellow – friendship, white – innocence, orange – excitement, lavender – wanting a relationship to grow and peach – thank you. No matter what color rose you get, cherish it, but remember… red is the best.

How to celebrate – Send someone roses today. Plant some roses in your garden. Learn what all the colors of roses mean so you can send the best one for the emotion they represent.

June 7th VCR Day

June 7th – VCR Day

If you are under 20 you probably have no idea what a VCR is today. The best way I can describe it is, a machine with a flashing light that never went off! Many of us watched movies on our VCR. It was the latest rage in the 70’s and 80’s. Then we went to DVD’s but even they are dated in today’s world. Before the VCR machines we watched on Beta recorders, before that… well, you had to go to the theater. VCR stood for Video Cassette Recorder. Movies were played on VHS tapes. Just be thankful, those days are gone.

How to celebrate – Be happy you don’t have to store all those VHS tapes! If you still have VHS tapes make sure you save at least one working VCR. Re-watch all your home movies you saved on VHS.

June 6th D-Day

June 6th -_ D-Day

156,000 soldiers landed on Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno beaches to reclaim Europe from Nazi Germany on June 6th, 1944. Thousands would give their all on this day, Canadians, British, French and Americans. It was the one day in the early part of June that had clear enough weather the Allies could actually attempt the landing, and an attempt it was. The Germans had built up the beach defenses to an extreme and though the Allies were fairly sure they could hold some of the beaches it really was done on a hope and a prayer. The landings were preceded by parachute drops and the resistance causing as much havoc as they could. The landing, requested by the Russian, did succeed however and it was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.

How to celebrate – Remember all those who served in World War 2 (there aren’t many left). Visit the beaches where many of the wrecks have been left reminding us of the day. Read a book written from those who survived the day.