I don't know if you realize this, Company, but over the past week or so I have been ahead of the proverbial curve when it comes to writing blog posts. Sometimes I have to write one every day, and sometimes I get like these fits of creativity or fits of availability or fits of boredom and I write several posts so that I have a bit of a cushion. That being said, with all this extra Boy Scout being prepared lately, it has caused me to miss some important dates that I came along that I didn't know about until the day that they happened. So let's take a look at some of the important things that I have missed over the last week or so.
- International Nurses Week. This always falls on the week which ends with Florence Nightingale's Birthday, which is May 12. So that means it is May 6 - May 12, and it is celebrated around the world. Here is why I am terrible, two reasons why I am terrible: a.) my mom is a nurse, and has been as long as I have known her, and I never knew about this Nurse's Week. Fail! b.) I found out when I was walking out from my treatment and saw the nurses eating ice cream bars. They said they got lots for free from management and then proceeded to force one upon me. So it was their special day and I got ice cream. Go figure that one out. Listen, I know that I have been big on the nurses lately, but I have known a lot of nurses over the course of a lot of years and they all deserve our respect and admiration. And they deserve the whole week.
- Teacher's Appreciation Day. Another group that deserves a lot of respect and admiration are teachers, and they too deserve a whole week. They apparently get the whole first week of May, but they also get a plethora of individual days all around the world. I heard on the radio on Friday, May 14 that it was Teacher Appreciation Day, but I read somewhere that it was May 4. So I am not sure, but I know that one of the many days to honor our teachers was recently, at least the American version was. Apparently there is also an international version that will come around in October, so you can look forward to me forgetting about that one as well. I wish the teachers would get their act together and pick a certain day. You have all summer to figure it out, get it done. Seriously, thanks to the teachers though too. You guys are overworked, underfunded, and underappreciated when it comes right down to it.
- Armed Forces Day. Missed that one too. It came by this past Saturday, and I also really feel bad about this one. I never like to miss an opportunity to give a nod to those who serve in our armed forces. I never have, so I can't say I understand what it's all about, or that I know what it's like, because I don't. But I can imagine what it's like and I can appreciate the sacrifice. So thanks to all the members of the armed forces, regardless of which branch you find yourselves. Happy Armed Forces Day. It's the last day of Armed Forces Week, which nobody probably knows about but you really deserve too.
So if you forgot any of these days like I did, don't despair. Hallmark makes lots of "belated" cards. Get to it, and remember. Nurses, teachers, and the armed forces. Three very important groups who deserve their days. Thanks everyone!