Rosa Parks Day is also known as the Day of Courage. Rosa Parks had the courage to not give up her bus seat in 1955. Interviews I’ve watched of her she later said she was tired. She had just finished working and was physically exhausted, so going against the rules she refused to give up her seat. Some states observe the Rosa Parks Day on her birthday, December 1, but I agree it should be on the historic day that one tired black woman decided to be courageous in the battle for equality.
Today is also World Cancer Day. A day when we mourn the loss of all of our loved ones from Cancer and strive for a cure. We’ve come a long way in the battle against cancer, but still it dominates our lives. I’m thankful that my husband has survived 2 major battles with cancer. The first time he lost a kidney. The second he lost a section of bowel and part of his stomach. Luckily surgery was the treatment in both cases and he didn’t have to undergo chemo or radiation. Early detection is still the best defence.
To all of those in the midst of a winter storm, today is National Homemade Soup Day. So get out the soup pot and slow cockers to make a wonderful daylong soup.
Rosa Parks Day can be celebrated on her birthday, February 4th or on the day in 1955 that she refused to give up her seat, December 1st. I think it should be celebrated on the anniversary of the famous small act of defiance to an unjust system. This small act of a tired working woman, a woman who was tired of giving in to all the racial rules, started a racial revolution that still continues today. Working now towards equality there is still systemic racism that needs to be eliminated.
December 1st is the earliest I would set-up my Christmas tree and it is also National Christmas Lights Day. So get out the decorations and let’s light up the world starting with HOPE.
Apples: you are the apple of my eye; eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away; even the hero in Treasure Island was saved when he fell into an apple barrel reaching for an apple. So celebrate Eat a Red Apple Day.
As news of the new strain of COVID is rapidly changing our lives it’s easy to forget World AIDS Day. Please don’t forget that AIDS hasn’t been cured or eliminated but continues to devastate lives around the world. News of a vaccine is just around the corner, but COVID has stolen all the research dollars and headlines.