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07/24/20 Find Joy

Friday, July 24, 2020

"Despite the forecast, live like it's spring. Make sure to find joy in the smallest of things in your life." Lilly Pulitzer

"I used to be somebody. I used to be a contender."

I was out walking with my 4-year-old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth.
I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that.
'Why?' my daughter asked.
'Because it's been on the ground; you don't know where it's been, it's dirty, And probably has germs,' I replied.
At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, 'Mum, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart.'
I was thinking quickly and replied, 'All mums know this stuff. It's on the Mum Test.
You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mum.'
We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information.
'Oh....I get it!' she beamed, 'So if you don't pass the test you have to be the dad.'
'Exactly,' I replied with a big smile on my face.

It's International Self-Care Day! Self-care is any activity we deliberately do to take care of our mental, emotional or physical health. Today provides focus and opportunities to raise the profile of healthy life-styles which include self-care as a foundation on health. It's a reminder to take care of ourselves in all ways; get that doctor's appointment made; take some time out; say 'no'.
--Amelia Earhart Day: today commemorates the birthday of Amelia Earhart, born 1897 in Atchison, Kansas; we salute Ms. Earhart as she set many flying records and championed the advancement of women in aviation; in 1937, she had set out to fly around the world and the last contact with her was on July 2 with about 7000 miles left in her mission; she was never found and there are lots of theories about her disappearance.
--National Cousins Day: did you grow up with cousins living nearby?; cousins are that special relationship, kind of like a sibling but with less rivalry (usually); reach out to your cousins and let them know you're thinking of them; more info from bing: "You probably know that your first cousins are the children of your aunts and uncles, but what about their kids? They're not your second cousins—they're your first cousins once removed (one generation removed). Your children and the children of your first cousins are second cousins."
--National Drive-Thru Day: the first drive-thru's were formatted for banking services in the 1930's; the first drive-thru restaurant was in 1947 on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri.
--National Tell an Old Joke Day: today is the day to repeat yourself and your repertoire of old jokes; originally jokes were just oral stories as far back as 2300 BCE and just as risqué as today; the oldest joke book dates back from 4th to 5th century Greece.
--National Tequila Day: today is a salute to the liquor distilled from the Mexican blue agave.
--National Thermal Engineer Day: today highlights the importance of thermal management in the Electronics industry; management of the heat generated by the electronics is pivotal to ensure longevity and reliability.
--Pioneer Day: also known as Mormon Pioneer Day; today commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormons into Utah's Salt Lake Valley in 1847.
--In 1534, Cartier began colonizing a continent for France. From bing: "Explorer extraordinaire Jacques Cartier establishes the first province of New France on the Gaspé Peninsula in present-day Quebec, Canada. Cartier's planting of a cross will lead to a French territorial reach in North America stretching for more than 3 million square miles by 1712."
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