Today is a federal holiday. The banks and post offices are closed. Many people in our country don't understand why. I'm not sure I do. With all the controversy about what Columbus actually did or didn't discover, it seems odd to still have a federal holiday for him. Although I think we need to give him credit for crossing the ocean in a ship and discovering anything other than death, it seems there are lots of people in history who did braver things that were just as important, yet they don't get a holiday. And he does...sort of. There won't be any parades or gifts. Most of us won't fly a flag for him. Some of the stores will have major sales. My son is off. My husband and I are going to work. Only in America.
Now next week is a celebration you can sink your teeth into. It's NFSW! That's National Freedom of Speech Week. No, I'm not making that up. There are hundreds of days and weeks and months celebrated in this country that get little or no recognition beyond the adoration of a core group of radical holiday worshipers, and scrap bookers looking for an excuse to create a new page. As a writer I love NFSW!
And before we move on to other bizarre holidays, will someone take a look and tell me why the picture on the NFSW site looks eerily like the John Trumbull painting, "Declaration of Independence", but isn't? It's a reverse and has steps instead of a rug, and the color is different...it's like one of those Highlights for Children puzzles where you try to find ten differences between two pictures. LOL
Back to Holidays. For a list of such wonderful celebrations as Evaluate Your Life Day, Pastoral Care Week, and National Massage Therapy Week go to October 2008. Enjoy!