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Sunday, January 06, 2019

"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." Nelson Mandela

Our Lamaze class included a tour of the pediatric wing of the hospital.

When a new baby was brought into the nursery, all the women tried to guess its weight, but the guy

standing next to me was the only male to venture a number.

“Looks like 9 pounds,” he offered confidently.

“This must not be your first,” I said.

“Oh, yes,” he said, “it’s my first.”

“Then how would you know the weight of a baby?” I asked.

He shrugged, “I’m a fisherman.”

It's Bean Day! No special reason, it's just a good time to honor those healthy legumes. What's your favorite bean dish? It's Cuddle Up Day! An excuse to cuddle, if you need one. For whatever reason, cuddle with your favorite person or, even your favorite book and pet. It's Apple Tree Day (originally in honor of an apple tree over 200 years old, but which one is unknown; make an apple dish in honor of those healthy fruits), Epiphany Day (also known as 3 Kings Day; celebrated as a Christian feast day for when the Magi visited the baby Jesus; from the Greek meaning "to appear"), Smith Day (honors everybody with the surname of Smith and surnames that have 'Smith' such as Goldsmith, Coopersmith), Shortbread Day (the Scottish shortbread is from the medieval biscuit bread; shortbread was a favorite of Mary, the Queen of Scots in the 16th century), Take a Poet to Lunch Day (if you have someone who loves to rhyme or write prose, honor them with a lunch and let them share their latest creations), Technology Day (we think of technology relating to electronics, but technology is across the board, beginning with the invention of the wheel; humans are constantly adapting and adjusting, so technology will continue to expand), Take Down the Christmas Tree Day (most don't have a specific day to take down the tree, maybe just when there's time or a dry need; today's version is in conjunction with the Epiphany which marks the end of the 12 days of Christmastide that began Christmas evening and ends with the arrival of the Magi, 12 days later), and World Day for War Orphans (a UNICEF day of awareness of the plight of the thousands of children orphaned in war-torn countries; in countries like Afghanistan that has seen war for almost 30 years, there have been millions of children orphaned).
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