April showers bring May flowers…..well hopefully depending on where you live. In my part of the world, Yes the flowers are blooming. I love to look out each day to see what new growth and blooms Mother Nature has brought forth.
May is just full of wonderful occasions to celebrate and show appreciation to the special people in our lives, Teachers, Nurses, and that all important day, Mother’s Day, May 10. The phone company and florists will tell you that Mother’s Day is their biggest holiday of the year.
What special memories do you have of your Mother? I lost my Mother to cancer many years ago. A few days ago I had the chance to visit with one of her brothers and see some of my cousins, aunts, and uncles. We all had a good little laugh as we were sharing one of her ‘secret recipes’ for a favorite southern dish of ours. It seems the ‘made from scratch’ recipe had been modernized over the years and Mother had shared it with a few of us who had pumped her for the information. It’s those memories that we share that make us smile or have a good laugh that hold those who are so special to us close to our hearts and keep them part of our lives. So remember those special ‘moms’ in your life this Mother’s Day whether it’s an aunt, sister, teacher, neighbor, etc. Let them know how special you think they are.
Here are the holidays and special occasions for May (including the quirky ones too):
May-1 Law Day
May-1 Lei Day
May-1 Loyalty Day
May-1 May Day
May-1 Save the Rhino Day
May-2 Brothers and Sisters Day
May-5 Cinco de Mayo
May-6 National Nurses Day
May-8 V-E Day
May-10 Mother's Day
May-10 National Receptionist Day
May-12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
May-15 Peace Officer Memorial Day
May-19 Malcolm X Day
May-21 National Waiter/Waitress Day
May-22 National Maritime Day
May-25 National Missing Children's Day
May-25 National Tap Dance Day
Monthly Observances -
Ultraviolet Awareness Month Prevent Blindness America
Allergy / Asthma Awareness Month Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America
Arthritis Awareness Month Arthritis Foundation
Better Hearing and Speech Month American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Better Sleep Month Better Sleep Council
Breath Easy Month American Lung Assoc.
Correct Posture Month American Chiropractic Assoc.
Digestive Diseases Awareness Month American Gastroenterological Assoc.
Hepatitis Awareness Month Hepatitis Foundation
High Blood Pressure Awareness Month National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month American Academy of Dermatology
Mental Health Month Mental Health Assoc.
National Barbeque Month Barbeque Industry Assoc.
National Bike Month League of American Bicyclists
National Comfort Month Country Living Magazine
National Community Action Month National Coalition for the Homeless
National Egg Month American Egg Board
National High Blood Pressure Education Month National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute
National Photo Month Photo Marketing Assoc.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Presidents Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
National Salad Month The Assoc. for Dressings & Sauces
Neurofibromatosis Month National Neurofibromatosis Foundation
Older Americans Month Administration on Aging
Osteoporosis Prevention Month National Osteoporosis Foundation
Stroke Awareness Month National Stroke Association
Trauma Awareness Month American Trauma Society
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month KQED
First Full Week
Arson Awareness Week US Fire Administration
Be Kind to Animals Week The Humane Society
Goodwill Industries Week Goodwill Industries International
National Pet Week American Veterinary Medical Assoc.
National Postcard Week Postcard Historical Society
PTA Teacher Appreciation Week National PTA
Small Business Week Small Business Administration
Week of the Classroom Teacher Association for Childhood Education International
National Nurses Week American Nurses Assoc.
Hospital Week Advanced Health in American
MCS Awareness Week Ecological Health Organization
National Travel & Tourism Week National Travel & Tourism Awareness Council
Herb Week International Herb Growers & Marketers Assoc.
National Historic Preservation Week National Trust for Historic Preservation
Canadian Immunization Awareness Week (Canada) Canadian Immunization Awareness Program
Alcohol & Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Emergency Medical Services Week American College of Emergency Physicians
Hurricane Awareness Week (see website for sponsors)
National Bike Week League of American Bicyclists
National Police Week American Police Hall of Fame Museum
Medical Transcriptionist Week American Assoc. for Medical Transcription
National Salvation Army Week Salvation Army
Nursing Home Week American Healthcare Assoc.
Quirky Holidays –
May 6 No Homework Day -- Millions of kids, all of them overloaded with homework, get a much-needed night off tonight. Give 'em a break, teachers! These young folks are working harder than Mom 'n' Dad.
May 8 No Socks Day -- If we give up wearing socks for one day, it will mean a little less laundry, thereby contributing to the betterment of the environment. Besides, we will all feel a bit freer, at least for one day.
May 11 Eat What You Want Day -- Here’s one day you may actually enjoy yourself. Ignore all those on-again-off-again warnings.
May 21 I Need a Patch for That Day -- They have patches for nicotine and they have patches for heart patients. How about a patch for runny noses or bad hair?
May 28 The Slugs Return From Capistrano Day -- It’s a little known secret that slimy slugs spend their winters in lovely Capistrano, and return to our patios and gardens on this date. Bare feet are not a good idea.
Have fun celebrating!
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