January 11th National Step In A Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day
Remember when you were child how much fun it was to splash about in a mud puddle! Back then, you didn’t need to worry about splashing your friends because they were probably in the puddle with you already! If you are older than 10 though, you might want to reconsider celebrating today with friends nearby, they may not be your friend afterwards. If you are at the beach it’s probably okay. If you are at a wedding it’s probably not okay. So choose your jump in carefully… also, you might want to make sure it’s water before you jump in!
How to celebrate – Gather your friends and jump in a puddle! Check to make sure how deep that puddle really is before jumping. Throw a Step In A Puddle Party Day!
Today was originally designed to give 58 orphaned children in Nepal a day of fun. They were allowed to go out and play in the mud, no questions asked. Over the years the day has grown and Gillian McAuliffe officially created the day in 2009 for the World Forum Foundation. It’s sort of funny that something so simple and being allowed to play in the mud can make so many happy. Really, most adults as well as children love the idea of playing in the mud. It’s simple, requiring only dirt and water and the results can all be washed away. So let you kids have a few minutes of fun, maybe you can join in the fun (The kids would love that).
How to celebrate – Find, or make, a mud puddle. Give to the World Forum Foundation. Do a rain dance!
Remember when you were young and found a puddle after a big rainstorm? The first thing you wanted to do was go out and play in it, and you hoped a friend would come along so that you could splash them. It wasn’t something mean, it was all about fun… and the muddier the puddle was, the better.
It wasn’t until we got older that splashing someone became a bad idea. Well, it never really was a good idea but the only one who really got mad was mom and she generally got over it pretty quick.
As we get older the idea seems to be rejected to splash your friend by jumping in a puddle of water. Note, I did not say it was less fun, just maybe not so much a good idea. Adult are normally on their way somewhere and since they are in charge of cleaning their own clothing the idea becomes less appealing.
However, if you have a day that you have nothing special to do, nothing dress up to go to or an important meeting to attend… why not give is a splash!?! Maybe, if you have kids, take them along… they are pretty easy to soak and generally take it better.
So go ahead and have some fun today, hopefully it will rain where you are… if it doesn’t you can always turn on a hose unless it’s freezing out. Which makes me wonder, did whoever create today realize hat at least in the northern states the water might be frozen!?!
How to celebrate – Find a puddle. Remember to put on some old clothes. Wet suits for diving are not allowed.
April 14th National Look Up at The Sky Day
Ever hear of Chicken Little? Well, the sky isn’t falling. There are many beautiful things up there… clouds, rainbows, pie. (You’ll get it if you think about it.)
There are airplanes, the sun, the moon… you name it and you probably can find it up there. Clouds can be fun, look for different shapes that resemble something they remind you of.
How to celebrate – Keep looking up! Play “I spy” in the sky. Look for aliens.
The umbrella was not originally designed to keep us dry, it was created to provide shade. And that was thousands of years ago, probably in the Middle East where sunburns were a real problem!
It provided shade, not only protection and in some cases could have dropped the temperature by as much as ten degrees. It did eventually become protection from the rain, snow and anything else that might fall on you except for maybe an anvil.
In England it became a fashion statement and still is. The styles and shapes have changed but the purpose stays the same. The curved handle was made just to fit over the arm so that it was easy to carry when not in use.
Such a simple tool that has so many uses and makes such a fashion statement.
How to celebrate – If you don’t have one, get an umbrella. Find an umbrella that fits your personality. Stay dry!
Don’t you just love it when the weatherperson says there is a 50% chance of rain? In short, it means, maybe it will rain, maybe it won’t. Actually, they are more right anymore than they are wrong. It has become a true science. Even though it is called Weatherman’s Day, like everything else, it should be Weatherperson.
According to the US Air Force, the day belongs to John Jeffries who was born on February 5th, 1744. He kept a complete record of the weather in his area from 1774 to 1816. In fact, it is the Air Force who created the day to honor his accomplishments.
On a daily basis, we may think they are guessing since even with as much science as it there is, they do still sometimes get it wrong. Of course, it isn’t really their fault, it’s mother nature not cooperating with what is apparent to all the predictors.
However when it comes to major storms, hurricanes, blizzards or severe heat spells you had better pay attention to them because while it may not matter in the everyday events of your life, in those more serious times, it could be life saving.
How to celebrate – Thank your local weatherperson. Track your weatherperson and see how often they are right in your area. Check each weatherperson’s prediction against each other and see which one is right more often.