August 15th National Relaxation Day

Most of us work hard, we spend lots of hours doing the things we have to do, not the things we want to do. Well today is the day to change that, not forever, but at least for today. Today your job is to relax (boy I hope this is a weekend day, I haven’t checked yet!) Put your feet up, kick back and take a nap, read a book or just stare into space, it doesn’t really matter. Whatever way you chose to relax is the right way to relax! Ever go on vacation and come back more tired than you were before you left? Well, if you are on vacation take a vacation from your vacation! Chill out, hire someone to do all your work for you, you have the day off from everything!

How to celebrate – Don’t do anything. Have someone make you a nice cool drink. Pamper yourself.

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August 14th & 15th V-J Day

Today marks the final end of World War 2 as Japan sends a cable to the United States that it surrendered. It was released to the news the next day, August 15th, and the official end came on September 2nd in Tokyo Bay as the surrender papers were signed. As nearly a decade of war, finally came to an end, or sort of anyway, there was the occupation which lasted another 10 years, or more. No matter how you feel about the way the war ended, at least it ended. VJ stands for Victory over Japan.

How to celebrate – Honor those who gave all to end the war. Read about World War 2. Visit Japan.

August 13th Left Handers Day

If you happen to be left handed most of the world will never be ‘right’ for you. I personally found left handers to be sexy, though I was right handed. I saw it as something different and thought that was cool. Being left handed does come with its disadvantages though. Where are they seated at the dining table? Is there really a left handed screwdriver? Computer set-ups are often backwards of what they need. In the old days people who were left handed were thought to be witches or warlocks and many left handed people suffer from dyslexia as they have to break their natural instinct to read from right to left. Today was created on August 13th, 1976.

How to celebrate – Be proud to be left handed. See how many things in your every day life would be backwards to left handed people. Never force a left handed person to be right handed.

August 12th National Middle Child’s Day

If you have ever been stuck in the middle of anything it’s often not very pleasant. To be the middle child is no exception. Parents are often very cautious with their first child, learning what to do and what not to do and doting on them when they really didn’t need to. When it comes to the second child, well they have learned and are less concerned with the daily activities, knowing better what worked the first time and what didn’t. By the time the third child has come along, generally speaking the parents have aged and the third child represents the end of the immediate family and are once again overly attentive. The middle child misses out on all that unintended lack of attention. It’s good and bad getting all those hand me downs and the lack of restrictions that are often seen as caring. It’s not true, but that is what is often makes the middle child feel less important.

How to celebrate – Make sure your middle child feels special today. If you have a daughter first, don;t hand down their old clothes to your second if hey are a boy. Reverse the order of your children from time to time, just for fun.

August 11th National Son’s And Daughter’s Day

No it’s not their birthdays, unless their birthday happens to be today, this is a day to celebrate that you have a son or daughter, or both, just because they are there. At first your children need you because well, someone has to take care of them, then they resent you because, well… someone has to take care of them. Then the day comes when hopefully, your children just want to spend time with you, not because you are cool (because we all know you aren’t) but just… because. Today is your chance to honor them for who they are, who they will be or even who they might become. Expect them to be different than you, and that may be a good thing.

How to celebrate – Take your children to lunch. Save photos of your children as they grow. Find some common interest to share with you children.

August 10th National S’mores Day

August 10th National S’mores Day

Got some chocolate candy? Grahams crackers? Marshmallows? If you do, you’ve got the makings for S’mores. S’mores were created sometime in the 1920’s supposedly by the Campfire Girls. It amazes me how long it took people to figure out the uses for chocolate. The chocolate chip cookie, s’mores… wow, what were they waiting for? They say you can even make them in a microwave in 12 seconds but why? Get your act together and make a campfire and make them the right way, like the Campfire Girls of old! Sometimes you just can’t beat the old ways of doing things!

How to celebrate – Go camping so you can make some S’mores! Become a Girl Scout to properly celebrate today. Make your own S’mores by adding whatever you feel might improve something already pretty darn good!

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

It’s summer, the perfect time to set up a hammock under a shade tree and read a good book while sipping on some iced tea or lemonade. There are millions of books to chose from and more coming out every year. The publishing trade has changed a great deal, good books are often found as self-published books because of the deals made to sell to the big stores and outlets. Spend some time on Amazon and look for something you find of interest. Nearly every subject known to man has a book written on it, or about it. You’re bound to find something you like (maybe even the book I wrote called, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green” by John Olbert – you’ll find it available on Amazon).

How to celebrate – Find a good book to read. Write a book of your own. Spend a summer afternoon learning something new.