NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY
On the Sunday following Labor Day, National Grandparents Day honors the love only grandparents can provide.
Grandparents and their grandchildren share a special bond. These hugging, caring and patient people in the lives of children offer more than a generous dose of love. Grandparents provide an abundance of wisdom. They also offer guidance and stability.
When grandchildren need a story, grandparents tell the best. A grandparent’s wealth of family history and lore offers lessons of their own. Through humorous stories and some serious ones, grandparents gently point grandchildren in the right direction.
In 2004, the National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, California announced a song for the day. A Song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill became the official song of the United States National Grandparents Day holiday. The Council presented Prill with the National Songwriter’s Award in recognition of his highly popular composition A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.
The forget-me-not is the official flower for National Grandparents Day.
As the number of grandparents grows from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020, expect the observance to increase in significance, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGrandparentsDay
While we have our grandparents in our lives, it’s important to cherish them. Spend time with your grandparents. Learn about their life and ask questions to keep the stories coming. Do the things they enjoy doing. Sometimes, they only want to spend time with you.
If you no longer have living grandparents, share a fond memory of them. Remember something each of them taught you or one of the fun things you used to do.
Use #NationalGrandparentsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY HISTORY
Celebrated in the United States since 1978, the United States Senate and President Jimmy Carter nationally recognized Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the significant contributions that seniors have made throughout history. It was also her hope to have the youth “adopt” a grandparent, not just for one day a year, but rather for a lifetime.
In February of 1977, Senator Randolph along with the concurrence of other senators introduced a joint resolution to the Senate. The resolution requested the president to “issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as National Grandparents Day.” Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day and on August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”.
Others claim the origin of this holiday resides with the efforts of Hermine Beckett Hanna of North Syracuse, New York. She recognized seniors and their importance as early as 1961. New York Congressman James T. Walsh awarded her efforts on February 21, 1990, in front of the United States House of Representatives. He thanked Hermine Beckett Hanna “for her important role in the establishment of Grandparents Day.”
NATIONAL AMPERSAND DAY
Who doesn’t love the fun & functional ampersand? From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curly, quirky little character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see at AmperArt.com, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
To acknowledge & applaud this great little glyph, National Ampersand Day is observed annually on September 8th. (To find out why this date was chosen, read here.)
DID YOU KNOW…
- The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
- The ampersand is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and.”
- The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
- The plus sign is actually an ampersand?
- Discover more interesting facts about the ampersand — including details on those you just read — & see “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art” at AmperArt.com.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AmpersandDay
Celebrate the day by having fun with the ampersand:
- Use lots & lots of ampersands!
- Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
- Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
- Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
- Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)
- Visit AmperArt.com.
Use #AmpersandDay on social media.
NATIONAL AMPERSAND DAY HISTORY
Chaz DeSimone founded National Ampersand Day in 2015. His monthly design project, AmperArt, features “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
NATIONAL HUG YOUR HOUND DAY
On the second Sunday in September, National Hug Your Hound Day dedicates a furry hug to our canine companions. All day long, be sure to give your pooch your full attention. Even spend the day much the way your dog spends it.
The idea of Hug Your Hound Day is about observing your dog (from his point of view). That means, explore your dog’s world from his perspective. Investigate his environment and habits. You may discover some hazards as you roam around the house or yard. For example, you might find broken chew toys that have become choking risks. Perhaps your fur baby leads you to realize he has access to toxic chemicals.
Look for items or places that put your forever friend in danger. Place childproof locks on cabinets. Discard or repair any broken items. Our yards can be surprisingly risky, too. Check for toxic plants or holes in the fencing.
Not only will your pup enjoy the companionship, he will be safer for all your exploring, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHugYourHoundDay
Spend a little extra time with your pups. Get down to their level. Make sure their environment and the places you take them are warm, comforting, inviting and safe. Oh yeah, and give your hounds some hugs! Use #NationalHugYourHoundDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HUG YOUR HOUND DAY HISTORY
Ami Moore, author and canine behaviorist, created National Hug Your Hound Day. Her desire is to make America more pup-friendly, as it is in Europe. She would like for our dogs to be accepted in more places. Examples provided include taxis, malls, and restaurants. She encourages the appreciation of the companionship and value our dogs give us emotionally and physically.
NATIONAL PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY NURSES DAY
On September 8th, National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day recognizes the hardworking and dedicated professionals bringing care to patients every day.
Honoring nurses caring for pediatric hematology and oncology patients, the observance takes place during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. These dedicated professionals provide quality nursing care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. Additionally, they provide the highest standard of physical and emotional support to these most precious patients and their families.
Cancer is frightening enough. When applied to children, pediatric care requires special skills and training. Not only do children relate to pain differently, but their growing bodies require specialized attention. Hematology and oncology nurses provide valuable care and guidance to families.
From the first diagnosis and through each treatment, these experts in pediatric care offer untiring support. Day and night, the nurses answer questions, monitor and track progress. Their knowledge of each patient’s needs provides essential information to the entire team.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PediatricHematologyOncologyNursesDay
Recognize pediatric hematology/oncology nurses you know. Support them as they strive to make every child’s healthier and cancer-free. Use #PediatricHematologyOncologyNursesDay to post on social media.
PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY NURSES DAY HISTORY
The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is credited with founding this National Day dedicated to the pediatric and hematology/oncology nurses across the country.
NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY
On the second Sunday in September, National Pet Memorial Day offers a moment to remember pets who have passed.
Pets play an important role in our lives. Not only are they companions, but pets become part of the family, too. Pets keep us responsible and remind us to play. When we’re too serious, they lighten up our lives. Many pets keep us healthy, too.
When we lose a beloved pet, the pain is genuine. Whether furry, feathered, or an uncommon variety, is felt deeply. They become family and a familiar part of our lives. Everyone mourns differently. Some pet parents plant a memorial. Whether they plant a tree, shrub or perennial flower, the plant offers an annual reminder of their pet. Others may create a stepping stone with a paw print, placing it in a garden. These actions offer a tangible way to cope with their grief.
The day also offers an opportunity to remember the pets who’ve passed through our lives. We remember the companionship and comfort they provided to us. Don’t forget that part of the relationship included care provided by you. Memories replace the empty space left by the loss of a cherished pet.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPetMemorialDay
Keep both past and present pets in your mind. Share your memorials. If you’re seeking a way to memorialize your pet, here are some additional ideas:
- Memorial tattoo
- Donate to a local shelter in your pet’s name
- Create a photo album
- Write a poem
Use #NationalPetMemorialDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
In 1972, the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories established Pet Memorial Day.
Recipe of the Day
COFFEE STEAK MARINADE
Prep: 5 minutes + marinade time of 1-2 hours
Cook: 6-12 minutes
Total Prep: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
3/4 cup strong coffee
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 clove minced garlic
Mix ingredients together and marinate steaks for 1-2 hours. Grill as desired.
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