|Photo by Rikahi|
Which brings me to the reasons I decided to celebrate today (and giveaway money :). It's not just any day in August. It's the 14th day of 2014. Call me nerdy but I think number coincidences are cool. Am I fishing for a reason to celebrate? Maybe, but come on! Cup-half-full, remember? So many terrible things have been going on in the world from local to international reaches. It has gotten to the point where I don't want to hear the news on TV and I avoid the news on my computer home screen. I do want to be informed, but there's only so much I can take of depressing news. And no matter how bad things are, I believe there's always hope or at least a sunflower in bloom somewhere. Sometimes, you just have to look harder for the bright spot.
So that's what I did. I went onto a cool site called HistoryOrb.com and to their 'On this day in history' page (see link). It begins with Aug. 14 of the year 554 and I'll let you check the list yourself. It's extensive and plagued with war related occurrences. But weeding through, I found things about Aug. 14 to celebrate, such as 'the oldest known exactly dated printed book' in 1457 or the first beauty contest in England in 1908 (officially maybe...because I'm convinced even cave women had their version of one...and I'm not sure it's something to celebrate LOL). Let's see...the Beatles taped an appearance for the Ed Sullivan show in 1965 and were featured in Cleveland Stadium's first rock concert in 1966, Sonny and Cher's 'I Got You Babe' hit #1 on charts, the first US lunar orbiter began orbiting the moon in 1966 and Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend the Citadel in 1995. All of these things happened on August 14.
|Photo by Rikahi|
I actually flipped through my calendars (I keep them in a stack, almost like journals) and found that this day in 2006 marked exactly one week in our new home (our current house)...settling in and unwrapping our first housewarming gift.
What about you? Is today your birthday or anniversary? Did you give birth or tie your shoes for the first time on Aug 14? First date? First kiss? Made an A+ on an exam or paper? Tell me about anything positive that happened to you or a loved one on Aug 14...or even something in history that makes you happy...and you'll be entered to win an Amazon.com gift card! I was going to make it $14 for obvious reasons, but then I remembered the whole birthday 'and one to grow on'...which brought it to $15. But then I remembered there's all that back-to-school shopping going on and the sunflower pictures above were making me extra happy and my coffee this morning is tasting really good so...I'm giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky person who leaves a comment about where they were or what nice thing happened to them on August 14 on any year in history...or the future if you have a wedding date or something like that :). The winner will be announced here tomorrow morning, so be sure to check back. Now, bring on the smiles!