June 8th Best Friends Day

Do you have a best friend? You know that person you can share anything with and they don’t judge you or try to make you change? The person you share things with, secrets with and hopes and dreams with? Most people would say their best friend is their mate, their dog or a brother or sister. They very well can be your best friend but a friend doesn’t have to be a soul mate. They have common interest, like to do similar activities and sometimes, just hang out together. The funny thing is they don’t choose you, and you don’t chose them. It just sort of happens. If you can figure out who that person or animal is, this is the day you honor them.

How to celebrate – Spend some time with your best friend today. Figure out who your best friend is. Take your best friend to lunch.

May 1st National Pet Month

May 1 National Pet Month

This month, for the entire month, we recognize that one man’s pet may not be another’s. However, it shouldn’t matter. If you love your pet, why care about whether someone else loves it or not? Dogs and cats are the best known pets but frankly they can come from any species on earth (and maybe from elsewhere if you believe in that sort of thing). Horses, snakes, rodents and I assume even the occasional worm could be considered pets. Love them regardless of what they are, they are yours and you should be theirs. And remember, this is not just for today but for the entire month!

How to celebrate – Take your pet for a walk (not recommended for goldfish). Spend more time each day with your pet. Buy your pet a gift.

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

Most of us have some kind of pet, a dog, a cat, a bird even a fish. The list can go on and on, I even had a pet bull once in my life (no I won’t explain). The thing about animals are, they can be, and generally are, that friend that we don’t ever have to explain anything to, that doesn’t care what we look like when we get up, or pass judgement in some of our worst moments. They are our friends, our babies, and sometimes a reflection of who we are. So stop and let your pet know you love them. They do that every time they see you.

How to celebrate – Give your pet a hug today (unless your pet is a fish). Give your pet a treat for no reason at all. Spend the day with your pet, you won’t regret it.

February 11th Make A Friend Day

We all could use another friend. We need that support of someone we can listen to and who will listen to us. They may not always agree but if they know us well enough they will have our best interest in mind. (Not that we will always see that) A friend is someone who will tell you the truth, whether you want to hear it or not. Old friends can become jaded to what we have already said and lose interest if we keep repeating the same issues over and over, even when they have offered ways of breaking that trend. A new friend may hear something different than what your current friends may have heard and end up being really helpful. Or maybe, just maybe, you can help them. “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”

How to celebrate – Go find a new friend. Start hanging out somewhere you don’t normally hang out. To get a friend you have to be a friend first.

January 26th Spouse’s Day

We don’t give our spouse’s the attention we should. We often take for granted that they will always be there after the honeymoon is over. Well today is for letting them know that we do love them, think about them more than they might be aware of and want them to get everything they want. It’s easy to accept someone being there after number of years. We begin to think alike, talk alike and even (In some cases) look alike. The truth is, we are very different people and deserve to be a loved for who we truly are. Remember what attracted you to your spouse to begin with and take your relationship back to when it first began. You chose to spend your life with this person so choose to show them how much you enjoy them being there.

How to celebrate – Take your spouse somewhere special. Break out the pictures and travel back in time. Let your spouse know they are special.

October 2nd Name Your Car Day

For many of us it seems like we practically live in our cars. Good, bad or indifferent, they become a part of our lives so why not give them a name!?! Now you need to identify the personality of your car and determine whether it is a boy car or a girl car… or a gender neutral. You can name it for it’s color, performance or style… it doesn’t really matter, after all it is your car. However, keeping that in mind, it might be better if you give it a nice name since you want it to be nice to you. People name their boats, actually they kinda have to name their boats by law, they proudly paint the side of their boat with the name and sail it. So why not paint the name of your car so everyone can see it as you drive by!

How to celebrate – Think up a good name for your car. Give names to the cars you pass on the road. Talk nicely to your car and be sure it knows it’s name.

September 8th National Pet Memorial Day

They are the same as having a son or daughter, a sister or a brother, or even grand kids. Our pets are sadly here for a shorter time than any of us would like. However, they stay with us all through our lives as we never really forget them. Today, I guess, is a day to be sad again because we force ourselves to remember them. It can also be a good day as we remember the good things they brought to our lives. Today was created by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Cremoratories. That may be a little morbid, but the intent is good. Love your pets, they aren’t around for all that long and the one single thing they do really well is… love you.

How to celebrate – Remember your pets that have passed. Love the pets you do have even more. Keep the happy times and lose the sad times.

June 2nd – National Bubba Day

Well if you like nicknames today ought to be one of your favorites, it’s National Bubba Day!. We almost all think of Bubba as some country boy, maybe a farmer, not as smart as the log he sits on. In truth, the only actual language that includes Bubba as an official title is Yiddish… it means ‘grandmother’. Sort of changes your image, doesn’t it!?! We probably use Bubba as a short for buddy, though it’s not any shorter. Sort of makes you wonder about characters such as Bubba Smith, the professional football defensive tackle who was once the terror of all quarterbacks! If they only knew he was named after a grandmother!

How to celebrate – Start calling your grandmother ‘Bubba”. Think twice about anyone you give the nickname Bubba to. Try to remember all the Bubba’s you’ve met in your life.

March 23rd National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day – March 23rd

Who doesn’t love a puppy!?! They are filled with all the good things in life and they are willing to share expecting little in return. Today was created in 2006 to promote puppy adoption. There are so many puppies out there that do not have a home of their own, go hungry because no one helps them and suffer when they do not need to. They are our best friends and all they ask for is a little love, a little food and a little water. They are willing to protect us, love us when no one else does and make a house a home.

How to celebrate – Adopt a puppy today. Help an animal shelter today. Love your puppy like you would a child.

January 26th National Spouse’s Day

Well one of the most under-appreciated people in our lives is our spouse. We often take them for granted or forget that they have feelings, thoughts and dreams as well as us. But they do. The longer we live with someone the more important they become but so much of that is taken for granted that while we are aware they are there, we don’t pay them much attention.

It’s only natural. After a while, just like the sun rising every day and the moon every night, we expect them to be there. We expect them to know what we like, want and need without ever telling them anything. The truth is, they are half of us, maybe even the better half. And today is the day to recognize all that they do.

After we have been married for a while, or living with, or whatever your situation happens to be, we just sort of expect things and depend on them without thinking about them. There is an excitement when we first get together that does wane a bit over the years. It doesn’t mean we love them less, we probably love them even more, but to keep up that intensity is jus too difficult.

So maybe today we should step out of our comfort zone and go a step beyond to let our spouse know just how important they are to us. That while we probably could live without them we wouldn’t want to and even though we don;t always agree, if ever we do, we respect their thoughts, opinions and beliefs.

How to celebrate – Let your spouse know how you fell about them. List all your spouse does for you so you can actually see it before you. Tell your loved ones that you love them, even if they already know that.