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Column: June busting all over in terms of ‘holidays’

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Dang. Last Friday was National Doughnut Day, and I missed it. Well, technically I didn’t miss it, but I didn’t learn of it until late in the afternoon thereby missing half the experience.

It was like going for the last doughnut in the box and discovering only one-half of one doughnut because someone was feeling too guilty to eat the entire thing. Had I known in advance about the holiday, I would have made arrangements for an early morning coffee and doughnut splurge. I wouldn’t have felt guilty about it, either.

I carry a pocket calendar where I record appointments, birthdays and so on. It lists most major June holidays and events — Flag Day (June 14), Father’s Day (June 15), summer solstice (June 21) — but National Doughnut Day didn’t make the cut. It is clear that if I want to know beforehand what unusual days are coming up, I will need to do some research on the subject. That is what I have done for the month of June. You might want to write some of this down on your calendar.

Although we missed National Hug Your Cat Day (June 4), the Hugs for Health Foundation informs us we still have Hug Holiday Day (June 29) coming up. No guidelines were listed on who could be hugged, so I suppose if you want to hug your cat, that would be up to you. Dovetailing with this concept of friendly gestures, June 21 is World Handshake Day. And just so our canine friends don’t feel left out, the Friday after Father’s Day (June 20) is Take Your Dog to Work Day.

As a counterpoint to all the hugging and handshaking during the month, the first Friday the 13th of the year — it falls in June this year — is called Blame Someone Else Day. This holiday is mostly celebrated by young siblings and politicians, but you are welcome to point fingers at whomever you choose, if you so desire.

It makes sense that a month when gardens are coming on strong would be designated National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month; and just to drive home the message, June 17 is National Eat Your Vegetables Day. The next day (June 18) is International Picnic Day, so pack up the wicker basket with some broccoli, carrots and lettuce and head out to the park for a nice lunch. Afterward, you could celebrate World Sauntering Day (June 19) a day early by taking a leisurely stroll down a shady path.

At least two special days fall on June 25. Log Cabin Day was founded by the Log Cabin Society of Bad Axe, Michigan, to promote the preservation of log cabins and to develop awareness of life during the days of log cabin living.

In addition, Color TV Day commemorates the first color broadcast of a television show way back on June 25, 1951. The variety show CBS aired could be received only by color-ready TV sets. Considering how few color sets there were in 1951, I’m guessing the ratings were not that good.

Perhaps toward the end of the month you will feel so good about yourself after all the vegetables you have eaten, all the cats you have hugged and all the saunters you have taken, you will celebrate by going a little crazy on National Onion Rings Day (June 22). Don’t feel bad. Be aware that Forgiveness Day (June 26) offers you an opportunity to forgive yourself as well as others.

Yes, you probably should apologize to that guy at the office you blamed back on Friday the 13th for that big paperwork mistake you actually made, but you should also forgive yourself for a moment of fried onion ring weakness.

And while you are at it, you might consider forgiving yourself for leaving that half doughnut in the box for me to find. I’ve already forgiven you.

Norman Knight, a retired Clark-Pleasant Middle School teacher, writes this weekly column for the Daily Journal. Send comments to letters@dailyjournal.net.

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