Q: What has 2 arms, 2 wings, 2 tails, 3 heads, 3 bodies and 8 legs?
I’m not going to answer at the moment. I’d like you to think about the answer while I ramble through this post.
Today, February 9th, is Fat Tuesday. In many Polish communities around the U.S., it is also Paczki Day, although the traditional date is Fat Thursday.
Two days in which to eat to excess.
From Wikipedia: In Poland, pączki (pronounced PAWNCH-ki) are eaten especially on Fat Thursday, the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The traditional reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because their consumption was forbidden by Catholic fasting practices during Lent. Although they look like German berliners, North American bismarcks or jelly donuts, pączki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar, yeast and sometimes milk. They feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar.
At the local bakery in Pulaski, WI, there was a line forming for these well-known donuts. I live too far away from this community to stop on my way to work. I was tempted to stop at the local Kwik-Trip and buy any kind of donut, but I resisted.
Instead, my co-worker shared her not-so-fresh powdered-sugar donut that, in no way, compared to a Paczki.
But I’m not really here to talk about donuts.
The idea for this post came from a free calendar that was sent by a vendor who specializes in employee awards, certificates and items that scream “We are a team! You rock! You won’t get a raise this year, but here’s a coffee mug and a pen!”
The donut-sharing co-worker and I were looking at said calendar this morning. It not only contains the usual holidays like New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day and Christmas, but it also has the days and weeks you may or may not know about.
For instance, did you know that February 5th was National Weatherperson’s Day?
Or that May 3rd is National Teachers’ Day?
Or that August 13th is International Left-Handers Day?
Or that December 5th is International Volunteer Day?
We hadn’t noticed the special holidays until this month. So, sadly, we missed Fun at Work Day on January 28th. I don’t remember what I was doing that day, but I hope I wasn’t moping around the office or swearing at a spreadsheet calculation. That wouldn’t be much fun, would it? Thankfully, the co-worker and I will be able to make up for the missed fun day by celebrating Laugh at Work Week, which appropriately begins on April 1st and ends April 7th. We enjoy laughing at work (taking our jobs seriously, though), utilizing a children’s joke book on occasion, a “no” button, an “easy” button and our general sense of humor to not take ourselves too seriously.
Speaking of the joke book, do you have an answer yet to the question that led off this post?
I’ll give you an answer soon.
In the meantime, are you looking to celebrate something in February other than an extra day at the end of the month?
How about Random Acts of Kindness Week beginning February 14th? I’m thinking of turning this into Random Acts of Kindness Lent only because the alternative is Stop Looking at Your Smart Phone Every Ten Minutes Lent. (It’s easier for me to perform a kind act on a daily basis than it is to inhibit OCD tendencies.)
If you’re the sort to appreciate a person who applies scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems, then take note of National Engineers’ Week beginning February 21st. I do have to congratulate engineers for the way their mind and intellect works. I consider them genius, along with accountants. If it were up to me to plan new roadways or build bridges or work with numbers 24/7, the world would be SOL.
If you happen to wonder with perplexity who comes up with the unending days and weeks and months of celebration, my standard answer has always been, “It’s Hallmark. They want to sell more greeting cards.” However, that no longer holds true. I have yet to see a card for Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month (February) or Dairy Alternatives Month (June) (banned in Wisconsin – the dairy state) or Banana Pudding Lover’s Month (November).
You don’t believe that last one, do you?
It’s true. I found it on this website.
There are many more “months” to fit in whatever you care to celebrate. If the celebration includes eating sugar-laden donuts or banana pudding, I bet you are in. I know I am.
What you really want is an answer to the question.
Well, here you go…
A: A man on a horse holding a chicken.
How many of you got that right? Raise your hand.
Kudos to anyone who did; however, there is no prize for a correct answer.
This is a cheap blog.
How about a pat on the back?
So, my dear readers, in order to end this painfully farcical post, it’s up to you to answer these next questions:
Q: What’s your favorite traditional holiday?
Q: What’s your favorite non-traditional holiday? (mine is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month)
Q: If you could come up with your own holiday, be it a day, week or month, what would it celebrate? Be creative. Think outside the box.
My next holiday?
Mary Takes an Early Retirement and Moves to a Warmer Climate with her Cats and Bicycle Friday.