April the 2nd is International Children’s Book Day. Celebrated annually on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday to remember the joy of his life, writing and reading for children. So be certain to pick up a book and read a children’s story if not to a child on your lap (due to COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions) then make a video of you reading and send it to someone.
One of my grandchildren has been diagnosed with Autism. We love the routines he has established. He loves to say hello with our greeting routine and it is such a joy as he asks for the nth time how we are doing today. The good-bye routines are also heartwarming, as he insists on a big hug and a kiss (even on the 3rd time as his parents are trying to get out the door). So today we hope to shine some light on Autism Awareness Day and choose to post rainbows of hope. Another joy is the reading of a book to him. He has learned who all the Thomas the Train characters are and he loves Peppa Pig. As we head into 28 days of Provincial lock down for the 3rd time, I’m so glad that he will be able to continue his Day Care Program as they help him learn social skills and basic life skills.
This first Friday of April is also Good Friday in the Christian Calendar. We remember how Jesus was forced to carry his own cross most of the way to the hill; hung on the cross with thieves on either side of him; and his last words: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Change is the only constant or so I’ve heard. Having worked in Project Management and Change Control I know first hand that to make a big change you need to break it down into smaller steps, prioritize and set a schedule. Then step by step you can bridge the difference between current and future desired states. The pair of Geese I encountered on the bridge seem to understand the steps they must take to get to the other side as pedestrians.
March 25th is set aside as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Slave Trade took people and often whole families from their homes to strange places via crowded ships, where often many of them died in the unsanitary conditions. It was on such a ship that one Captain, John Newton wrote the words for Amazing Grace during a stormy trip, when he converted to Christianity. It wasn’t until much later that he spoke out against the treatment of slaves (1788). The song, Amazing Grace, later became a well known anthem for the civil rights movement and is probably American’s best known hymn.
From slavery to the political independence of Greece, March 25th is celebrated as Greek Independence Day. Personal freedom to political independence is the theme for March 25th.
Any excuse to read, today is also Tolkien Reading Day. The Tolkien Society chose March 25th because it is the date of the downfall of Sauron (The Lord of the Rings). So grab one of the tales written by R.J.Tolkien and enjoy. ❤