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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer, Picnics and Dad

Who comes to a picnic but is never invited?

You'll have to read to the end find out!  People often say that life is no picnic - but today it is!  International Picnic Day is celebrated on June 18 and offers a chance to eat outside in the beautiful summer weather with friends or family.  Now I love packing a picnic basket.  I stuff it with sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, veggies and some amazing cookies or brownies for dessert.  Picnics are a fun way to catch up with family, have a water balloon fight with the kids, or play a great game of bags.

Picnics are fun to have on any beautiful summer day, so you may consider planning one for June 21,
which just happens to be the first day of summer and Father's Day.  Two great things to celebrate on the same day!  Did you know that there are over 70 million fathers in the United States?  As I was looking up information on Father's Day, I learned something I didn't know before.  During the 1920s and 1930s, there was a movement to eliminate Mother's Day and Father's Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents' Day.  After all, it takes a mother and a father to make a family so the thought was that both parents should be loved and respected together on the same day.  However, the Great Depression struck and retailers redoubled their efforts to make Father's Day a "second Christmas" for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, pipes and sporting good items.  (Sounds like I have bought my dad for Father's Day.)  When World War II began, the argument was used that celebrating Father's Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort.  Despite all that, Father's Day did not become a federal holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making it a federal holiday.  It is estimated that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father's Day gifts.  Luckily my dad knows my budget is limited and always seems happy with whatever I get him on Father's Day.   Yep, my dad's pretty special!

So here's the answer to the joke from above.  I'll say it one more time because you have probably forget it by now.

Who comes to a picnic but is never invited?  An ant!!!:)

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