Carl Mays: Celebrate the days of your life

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “April showers bring the flowers that bloom in May.” And, of course, the April Fools’ Day observance has been around since medieval times. But are you aware of some other designated days annually contained in April?

Friday the 4th is Walk To Work Day. Hopefully, you don’t live too far from your place of business. Or, if you want to get to your work location on time without having to leave earlier than usual, you may be fortunate enough to have a home office. However, if you do exert a lot of energy on Friday, then you can take advantage of Caramel Popcorn Day, that comes along on Monday the 7th. If you walked a very long way to work and exerted a lot of energy, you may eat caramel popcorn throughout the entire NCAA Championship basketball game and still feel virtuous.

Should your team win the game, you can immediately begin celebrating with like-minded people and continue the celebration until you reach a climax on Thursday the 17th, which has been designated as National High Five Day. However, during all of your caramel popcorn eating, high fiving and other forms of celebration, do keep in mind that Sunday the 20th is Volunteer Recognition Day, which kicks off Volunteer Recognition Week. Be sure and save up some energy for this.

The week also contains Patriot’s Day on the 21st, Administrative Professionals Day on the 23rd, and World Penguin Day on the 25th, when the penguins should certainly be celebrating in their Penguin Playhouse at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! Of course, since I’m a stickler for correct grammar, I have to make a comment on the 24th’s Bring Your Daughter To Work Day.

Shouldn’t it be Take Your Daughter To Work Day? I say this because you ask people to bring things to the place you are, and you take things to the place you are going. It all depends on where you are when you use the two words.

You would say things such as, “Remember to bring your umbrella with you when you come home” (if you are at home) and “Remember to take your umbrella with you when you go to work.”

My favorite annually designated April day has got to be the one on April 2, which is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. I don’t know about you, but toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were lunch staples for me when I was a kid – these, along with delicious peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

Space doesn’t permit my covering all of the designated days of April. There are over 50 in all, including World Health Day, April 7; Youth Service Day, April 11; Arbor Day, April 25, Confederate Memorial Day on the 28th, and International Jazz Day on the 30th to close out the month.

In 2014, April also brings us Palm Sunday on the 13th, Maundy Thursday on the 17th, Good Friday on the 18th, Holy Saturday on the 19th, and Easter Sunday on the 20th of the month. We also have Easter Monday, the 21st; First Day of Passover, April 15th; Orthodox Good Friday, the 18th; Orthodox Holy Saturday, the 19th; Orthodox Easter Sunday, the 20th; Orthodox Easter Monday, the 21st; and Last Day of Passover on the 22nd.

April is a full month, with some of the designated days much more important than others. But each day brings forth a reason to celebrate life itself.

© 2014 by Carl Mays, National Speakers Association Hall of Fame member and author of over a dozen books. E-mail or view