Monday, May 6, 2013

Fade to Black

 "Mom, I did something amazing and astonishing at Youth Group tonight!"  Little Girl came in last night to grab a snack and made this announcement.

Okay, what was that? i asked.

"I went to Youth Group wearing a color other than black!  See, I have my blue t-shirt on, and apparently it's a big deal that I wore something other than black tonight!  Everyone was commenting on it, they were amazed."

So, now that they've gotten used to you being in black, are you going to start wearing blue every week instead?

"Well, since this is my only blue shirt, uh, no."  She picked up her plate and a glass of water, then turned and said, "By the way.  I don't understand why people say the glass is half empty or half full when, technically, it's always all the way full, just partly full of air."

And George Carlin says the glass is the wrong size i noted as she took her snack to the table.

Today is

Adhesive Postage Stamp Day -- the first adhesive postage stamps went on sale on this date in 1840 in Great Britain

Army Day/St. George's Day -- Bulgaria

Beverage Day -- an internet holiday that encourages you to try a beverage you've never had before

Festival of Min -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (a four day festival celebrating male fertility)

International No Diet Day -- for reasons not to diet, but focus n health instead, click here

Joseph Brackett Day -- birth anniversary of Shaker author of the song "Simple Gifts"

Martyrs' Day -- Syria

Melanoma Monday -- learn how to check yourself for skin cancer

Mounikhia / Munichia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Artemis, date approximate)

National Crepe Suzette Day

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2013 -- US (you are only obligated to celebrate this if you love meetings, love to plan meetings, or have a meeting planner in your organization to humor)

National Nurses Day -- US, start of National Nurses Week

National Tourist Appreciation Day -- during US National Travel and Tourism Week

No Homework Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays (celebrated on Monday if it falls on a weekend)

Orthodox Easter Monday -- Orthodox Christians following the Julian Calendar
     Sham el Nessim

Remembrance for Eyvind Kelve -- Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (pagan martyr)

School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day -- US

St. George's Day -- Eastern Orthodox Churches (the day to visit graves and decorate, leave special food, and provide entertainment for the dearly departed) related observance:
     Shepherd's and Herdsman's Day -- Bulgaria

St. Gerard of Lunel's Day (Patron of epileptics and Montesanto, Italy; against epilepsy and headaches)

Yale Lock Day -- the Yale lock was patented this day in 1861

Anniversaries Today:

Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey (the first televised royal wedding), 1960

Birthdays Today:

George Clooney, 1961
Tom Bergeron, 1955
Tony Blair, 1953
Bob Seger, 1945
Willie Mays, 1931
Orson Welles, 1915
Stewart Granger, 1913
Rudolph Valentino, 1895
Gaston Leroux, 1868
Sigmund Freud, 1856
Robert E. Peary, 1856
Maximilian Robespierre, 1758

Today in History:

Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome, which many consider the end of the Renaissance, 1527
Mongol emperor Babur defeats the Afghans and Bengals, 1529
Henry VIII orders that English Bibles be placed in every church, 1536
Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles, 1682
The first African-American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston, 1787
John Deere produces the first steel plow, 1833
James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald, 1835
The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens, 1844
Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine", 1851
Linus Yale patents the Yale lock, 1851
Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska, 1877
The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1889
George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII, 1910
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, of the Boston Red Sox, slams his first home run, against the New York Yankees, 1915
The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed, 1937
John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath, 1940
Bob Hope performs his first USO show, 1941
Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, 1954
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel, 1994
Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people, 2008




  2. Your daughter sounds so SMART! I never thought of the half full of air and I've been hearing that expression for over 50 years.

  3. Little Girl is quite the philosopher.

  4. Carla, when the kids are in it, it tells itself! Thank you.

    Crabby, my kids got their smarts from either their father or mine, and i'm glad.

    Josie, she may well be.

    Stephen, it was! LOL

  5. she may start a youth group trend!
    love her perspective...she may be right, pessimism is just hot air!

  6. I love that conversation. That is why it is worth having kids - they seem to turn the ordinary world just a little bit sideways :)

  7. well! I think Little Girl needs about 7 new T-shirts...a different color for each day!??
    I like her attitude about the half full glass!Have a great evening!

  8. She's a hoot. And I love the post title you chose for this. My younger son is always in black also .. occasionally camo shorts).


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