Thursday, April 5, 2012

Got busy...

...looking at some interesting lists.

One is "25 Things Every Kid Should Experience". It's a great list, and i'm glad to say that, except for a ride on a real train, all 4 kids have done all or close to all of them. (Real train meaning not the ones at the zoo and Disney World. Those we've covered.)

As for the train ride, Bigger Girl and Little Girl are planning a train trip together later this year.

Another was "18 Things I Did in Childhood My Kids Won't Experience". Got news for the author, all of my kids have done almost all of these, too. Yes, we still have a rotary dial phone in the house. During Katrina, only landlines worked in many places where cell reception was out, and with no electricity, the handheld cordless phones don't cut it. My kids can dial the thing, too.

Then, "18 Things Our Kids Are Growing Up With That I Didn't". These are a sobering reminder to me of how fast the world changes now.

Finally, my favorite, as it kept me laughing in recognition of many of them. "25 Photos of Sh*t Kids Have Ruined." Go see it if you dare, the last one might make you cry.

Today is

Bell Bottoms Day -- remember those? apparently so did someone who wanted to celebrate the fact

Fringe Fairies Welcome Party -- Fairy Calendar

Fortuna Publica, Festival of Good Luck -- Ancient Roman Calendar (we could all use this one!)

Go for Broke Day -- take a risk, and make it count! step out and do something extraordinary; anniversary of the day in 1945 that a US Army unit made up of almost all Japanese-Americans, the 442nd Regimental, went for broke and managed to break through the Nazi Gothic line in Italy in one day

International Fun at Work Day -- this year's theme: Work Like Your Dog! (held on Thursday this year because April Fool's Day is on a weekend)

Mahavir Jayanti -- Jain

Make Your Children Laugh Day -- sponsored by

Maundy Thursday -- Christian (a/k/a Holy, Green, Chare, Sheer, or Shere Thursday; commemoration of the Last Supper)

National Caramel Day

National Deep Dish Pizza Day -- anniversary of the day in 1979 that Uno Chicago Grill, originator of the deep dish pizza, first opened a restaurant outside the Chicago area

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

Saint Vincent Ferrer's Day (Patron of brick makers, builders, construction workers, pavement workers, plumbers, tile makers; of Calamonaci, Italy; Casteltermini, Agrigento, Italy; Leganes, Philippines)

Birthdays Today:

Agnetha Faltskog, 1950
Colin Powell, 1937
Frank Gorshin, 1934
Roger Corman, 1926
Gale Storm, 1921
Gregory Peck, 1916
Bette Davis, 1908
Spencer Tracy, 1900
Booker T. Washington, 1856
Joseph Lister, 1827
Elihu Yale, 1649

Today in History:

St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop, 456
Two hundred Dutch noblemen petition to have the Spanish Inquisition suspended in the Netherlands, 1566
The Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyushu, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa, 1609
The Native American Indian princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, marries Englishman John Rolfe, 1614
Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island, 1722
The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil, 1804
Helen Keller learns her first word, "water," from Anne Sullivan, 1887
The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire, 1897
Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B, 1900
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires, 1923
In an act of civil disobedience, Mohandas Gandhi breaks British law after marching to the sea and making salt, 1930
In the Dominion of Newfoundland, 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government, 1932
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage, 1951
Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the UK because of failing health, 1955
Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time, 1958
In Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshu, the largest suspension bridge in the world, opens, 1998


  1. I found the things kids are growing up with that I didn't list, was interesting. The biggest difference I think is the one of knowing what everyone is doing. I think that one adds quite a lot of stress to my life, having NOT grown up with it, but it makes me wonder if I would have been a different person if I'd grown up with it.
    I'd like to have a quick peep into 100 years hence to see how this stuff pans out, really wouldn't you?
    As for the circular vacuum cleaner, I still haven't ever seen one of those, perhaps I need to update my housework technology :D

  2. off to check out the SH*T KIDS HAVE RUINED and cry :)
    I could use a cathartic cry!

  3. Oh those poor parents.. in the last article. I see that I was very lucky.

  4. I checked out those pictures of things kids have ruined and I think I've gotten off Scot free. I don't remember our son breaking anything.

  5. Jenny, go get one of those if you can. Everyone i know who has one swears it helps keep stuff tidy between bigger vacuuming.

    Carla, i hope it helps, and that you feel better.

    Hilary, my kids have pulled a few doozies (we've gone through i don't know how many couches, and then there was the collapsed dining room table...), so you are very blessed.

    Stephen, i hope that really is true for you and not just convenient parent amnesia.;)


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