1. American Indian Heritage Month
A great number of people can claim Native heritage in the US, but we actually have very specific information on ours. My great-grandfather was full-blood Cherokee… again, a good many people have Cherokee heritage. The one that I geek out over is on my Mom’s side. Our family back a few generations were Parkers. 1836 in Texas, there was a Comanche raid on Fort Parker and a young Cynthia Ann-Parker was taken. Cynthia was later married to a chieftain, and they gave birth to a boy named Quanah. Quanah was one of the last Comanche chiefs, and has a town in Texas named for him as well.
2. National Breastfeeding Month
I’m a huge advocate for breastfeeding your child, if possible. I could go on about the virtues of it, but I feel like they’re pretty well established, so I’ll just say this. As much as I stand for breastfeeding, I’m also very much against the mom-guilt-trips that people go on. Sometimes, breastfeeding comes with complications. I’ve watched a friend of mine go to the hospital 2-3 times now, for severe mastitis. I’ve dealt with plugged ducts… I managed to get past/through it, but it wasn’t pleasant. Some people struggle to establish a supply, and if it gets to that point, it’s better to find an alternate than to deprive your child for the sake of pride.
3. US Air Force Day
August 1st many moons ago, I left Dallas for San Antonio and began my military experience. Unbeknownst to me, my first day was acutally the Air Force’s anniversary. The Air Force as we know it was created in the month of September, but the Aeronautic division of the Army Signal Corps was started August 1st.
4. National Chocolate Chip Day
August 4th – Not cookies, not ice cream… no specifics… just chocolate chip. Go crazy my friend!
5. National Root Beer Float Day
August 6th – What’s your favorite brand of root beer?
6. Dalek Day
August 8th – The birthday of Terry Nation, creator of Daleks. If you don’t know what these are, we can’t be friends. Just kidding. Maybe.
7. Lefthander’s Day
August 13th – I’ve always been fascinated by the number of extremely creative people that are left handed… quite a number of them are multipassionates too.
- Lady Gaga
- Tina Fey
- Jimi Hendrix
- Marilyn Monroe
- David Bowie
- Mark Twain
- Leonardo da Vinci
8. Bowling Day
August 13th (left-handed bowling, anyone?)I love going bowling… it’s not anything I’ve ever done very often, and not often enough to warrant buying a custom ball… but I have dreamed about it. My kids really enjoy bowling too, and last year we got to discover the joy of cosmic bowling!
9. Bad Poetry
August 18th – This is one of my favorites!
10. International Tongue Twisters Day
August 20th – I found a website full of twisters… in multiple languages! Warning… the background is dreadfully bright.
11. According to Hoyle Day
August 29th – I see so many kids these days stuck on their tablets, phones, and laptops… or planted in front of video games. When I was growing up, my Mom had According to Hoyle and I wanted to learn to play every single one of them… and it’s not a small book. It contains many card games, as well as their variations. I want my kids to grow with a love for card games too… not just Old Maid, or Slapjack, but classics like Canasta, Pinochle, etc.
12. & 13. My brother & I share a birthday this month! I won’t tell you when his is, but mine is the 18th! 😉
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Come Along For the Ride!
Road trips are more fun when someone comes along for the ride. Come along for the ride, and get sneak peeks, and a colorful new print each month.