March 17th St. Gertrude of Nivelles Day
St. Gertrude is the Patron Saint of the township of Nivelles in the UK and also better known as the Patron Saint of Cats. She never really was made a Saint but we’ll pretend she was one. She protects the traveler, recent dead and the mentally ill. She represents hospitality, primarily for the traveler, but I guess for the dead and mentally ill as well. She is often depicted in drawings and statues as being surrounded by rats.
How to celebrate – Visit Nivelles. Pray to St. Gertrude. Greet everyone visiting you today as though you are St. Gertrude. Adopt a cat.
Okay, so I am writing this blog in the US but that does not mean we can’t celebrate days from other countries, particularly one we are so close to! It is National Tell A Story Day in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
True, we do have our own Tell A Story Day here in the US but you really cannot get too many days where you tell a story to someone. I do, however, suggest avoid telling the “Hamilton” story in the UK. Even though he was sort of a Brit, they do not feel exactly the same as we do about his story.
There are plenty of other stories to tell. They can be fiction, non-fiction or whatever you feel most comfortable with. If you can’t find anyone to tell the story to, you can try telling it to your dog… but don’t expect them to stick around to the end unless you have a lot of treats.
It’s best to try and find a captive audience, at least when you start it. If you are a good story teller, you will capture their attention once you’ve gotten started, it’s the beginning that’s a little rough. The movie industry learned this the hard way. So today they like to start off with a lot of explosions and controversial scenes so people will stick around to hear the rest of the story.
Or maybe just find a child to read to, most love to hear a good story and like spending time with their parents, teachers and people they know. They will believe nearly anything you tell them so make sure it is a story worth hearing. And naturally, today you need to speak with a British or Scottish accent to honor the day in the UK.
How to celebrate – Find a story to tell somebody. Make up a story to tell somebody. Visit England/Scotland and have someone tell you a story today.