LESLIE CRISS: Every month, week, day claimed for some sort of designation

By Leslie Criss/NEMS Daily Journal

“Everything is created from moment to moment, always new. Like fireworks, this universe is a celebration and you are the spectator contemplating the eternal Fourth of July of your absolute splendor.”
Francis Lucille

“The clouds above us come together and disperse; the breeze in the courtyard departs and returns. Life is like that, so why not relax? Who can keep us from celebrating?”

Every now and then, we get a call from someone letting us know we are entering a month that is designated as a time to commemorate or celebrate something. For example, June is Dairy Month.
But the month of June also belongs to a plethora of other causes or entities.
We politely tell the caller we can’t do a story simply saying it’s Dairy Month, but if there’s someone nearby who gets up every morning and milks 50 cows, well, that’s a story.
There’s a large book we in the Living Department at the Journal receive each year. It’s called Chase’s Calendar of Events and it’s updated annually. The book has nearly 800 pages.
As you might imagine, it is loaded with facts about each month and each day of the year.
Today, on the second day of June, let’s see what the month – and this day – commemorate.
The month of June is Adopt-a-Cat Month (there are plenty at the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society’s shelter); Audiobook Appreciation Month; Cancer from the Sun Month; Cataract Awareness Month; Effective Communications Month, National Accordion Awareness Month and National Bathroom Reading Month, to name only a few.
I also learned the first week of June is International Clothesline Week. We are all encouraged this week to save energy by abandoning our electric dryers and hanging our wet clothes outside on a clothesline.
The specific day, June 2, runs the gamut from serious to absurd.
Today is Children’s Awareness Memorial Day. It’s a day set aside each year to remember the many American children who have died from violence. It’s a sad shame we have to have such a day.
It’s Saint Erasmus Day, also known as Saint Elmo, the bishop of Formiae, Campagna, Italy who was the patron saint of sailors. The blue light seen around ship masts that marks atmospheric electricity is called St. Elmo’s fire, from the belief it signifies St. Elmo’s protection of sailors during storms.
It’s the anniversary of the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials way back in 1692.
And my favorite by far, it’s Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day. In order to keep poisonous cobra snakes out of North America, all citizens are asked to go outside at high noon and yell “Fudge.” Fudge apparently makes cobras gag, and just hearing the word mentioned makes them slither away.
Who knew?
And for the record, tomorrow, June 3, is National Leave the Office Earlier Day.

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