Ob­ser­vances to­day are an in­ter­est­ing mix

Start the day with dumplings, end it with friend­ship

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

Ev­ery so of­ten, I’ll look on­line to see if there are any in­ter­est­ing hol­i­days or ob­ser­vances com­ing up. Over the years, I’ve come across some re­ally in­ter­est­ing ones, some that are ter­rific ideas, and some that just leave me per­plexed as to why they ex­ist. To­day, Sept. 17, is home to an in­ter­est­ing mix. It’s Con­sti­tu­tion Day, also known as Cit­i­zen­ship Day, which rec­og­nizes the for­ma­tion and sign­ing of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. Con­sti­tu­tionDay.com notes that on this date in 1787, the del­e­gates to the Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion met for the fi­nal time to sign the doc­u­ment.

Also ob­served to­day? Na­tional Ap­ple Dumpling Day — and it’s noted that the day should be hon­ored by mak­ing and eat­ing ap­ple dumplings. It’s hard to ar­gue with that logic!

Na­tional Neigh­bor­hood Day hap­pens to oc­cur to­day too, ob­served on the third Sun­day of September, as does Na­tional Back to Church Day and Na­tional Women’s Friend­ship Day.

It’s also Na­tional Wife Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day — which sounds ter­rific to me! (Na­tional Hus­band Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day, in the in­ter­est of fair­ness, falls on the third Satur­day in April).

So far, all of th­ese days sound pretty good, right? After all, our Con­sti­tu­tion is an amaz­ing doc­u­ment, and worth hon­or­ing. Dumplings are tasty desserts, and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate one’s neigh­bor­hood than by mak­ing tasty desserts for a neigh­bor?

Spouses should be cel­e­brated, and both friend­ships and churches pro­vide people with solid foun­da­tions and sup­port in their lives. All good things to cel­e­brate, right?

Then I found this one: Time’s Up Day, ob­served an­nu­ally on Sept. 17. What in the world does that mean? On the sur­face, it sounds omi­nous.

Ac­cord­ing to Keep­InCal­en­dar.com, Time’s Up Day “is a day to let you know that if you’ve been wait­ing to make up with some­one close to you, that you’ve of­fi­cially run out of time and it’s time to make amends. Life’s too short to be on bad terms with those you should be close to you.”

De­spite the omi­nous name, the sen­ti­ment isn’t a bad one. Some­times we hold onto those grudges just a tad too long, and later in life, those ac­tions are the ones that can haunt us the most. To­day, why not work on mend­ing one of those fam­ily or friend­ship bridges that has fallen into dis­re­pair?

Per­haps one can start with some of those ap­ple dumplings!

Rox­anne Mole­nar Ed­i­tor’s Note­book

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