Happy is the man who finds a true friend,~ Franz Schubert (Austrian – Composer January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828)
and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
Holidays and Celebrations:
Romanic love may initiate enduring love, but it is far to fleeting to remain a lifetime. Respect, friendship, honesty and integrity combined with a “stick to it” attitude are needed for that love to remain a lifetime. So, lucky is a person who finds a friend in their mate, partner, spouse.
World Leprosy Day has been observed since 1954. Leprosy was the disease in biblical times that was feared by healthy people and those that had the disease were outcast and forced to be only with others with the disease. The people were the problem not the disease, they were considered to be unclean, so they suffered alone while parts of their bodies disintegrated and they knew their fate would be a slow and painful death. Thank God modern science decided to treat the disease and not keep the people isolated. Renamed as Hansen’s disease, it was found that a bacteria was responsible for the horrible disease. Treated with antibiotics this disease can be cured. Unfortunately any damage done by the bacteria can’t be reversed, so it is important to diagnose the disease and treat it as soon as possible. The vaccine for tuberculosis (BCG vaccine) was observed to provide some protection against Leprosy. In 1998 a vaccine was developed and approved for use at the National Institute of Immunology in New Delhi. As per Jacinto Convit – Wikipedia: “Jacinto Convit García (11 September 1913 – 12 May 2014) was a Venezuelan physician and scientist, known for developing a vaccine to prevent leprosy and his studies to treat cancer. He played a role in founding Venezuela’s National Institute of Biomedicine and held many leprosy-related positions.” (To me the important side notation is that the vaccine was approved when Jacinto Garcia was 85 years old, what a life time accomplishment.)
In the cold winter days of the Northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere today is marked as “When Hell Freezes Over Day“, Luckily it hasn’t quite been that cold here this year. We’ve had some days when it’s been too cold for me to walk with my sister and our dogs, but yesterday was a perfect day to go sledding on a local hill. My grandson enjoyed the blue saucer I had stored in the shed. He ran up the hill only to slide down again. Some people had made a ramp where they were playing on the hill. My grandson watched them fly over the ramp with envy. Because of COVID we couldn’t join in their joy, so he insisted we stay until they leave. After an hour and a half they left and he was able to attain the envious goal of flying over the ramp. But the saucer didn’t like the ramp and often veered off along the sides. He didn’t seem to mind he laughed got up and ran back up the hill.
The joy of a plastic saucer on a snowy day.
Nothing is better after playing in the cold than a nice warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. So glad that this day is set aside to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day. Sounds like a good reason to grab a good book and a hot chocolate to celebrate.