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October 2, 2015

National Custodial Worker Day
These days this career is known by many names: Custodians, Janitors, Housekeepers, Cleaning Crews

These behind-the-scenes people do all the work you probably don't want to. They deserve our gratitude and our kindness for how they keep our schools, offices, and other places maintained. Maybe the custodial work happens after hours and you never see who empties your trash, vacuums your conference room, mops your classroom floors, cleans the bathrooms that TRUST ME get ridiculously disgusting, etc. So leave them a note of gratitude and maybe a gift thanking them for their good work.  Or maybe you see them throughout the day, take them out to lunch or bring in an afternoon treat for them!  Let them know their work doesn't go unnoticed.
Gift ideas: they are on their feet most of their days so how about some foot lotion, their hands take a beating with all the cleaning and maintenance work they do so how about some hand lotion, treat them with Starbuck or Sonic or some FroYo gift card, bake them something, how about an iTunes gift card so they can load up with music for while they clean.

Name Your Car Day
A Quarter Of All People Name Their Cars
One of four people name their car
Have you named your car?  I have not.  I haven't driven a car yet that I think is worthy of a name. One of my besties drives a Scion named Svetlana. Now that car was completely worth naming!

World Farm Animals Day
Compassion in World Farming
Many of the world's 60 billion farm animals are not treated humanely

Balloons Around the World Day
The Origin and History of Balloons

People, we have gone way beyond balloon animals!  It's amazing what can be done with balloons!


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of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

Watching my brothers become Uncles - thanks to my oldest redhead - has been one of the best things in my life. It was through their interactions with her from the moment she was born until present day that made me see the men they were growing up to be and what kind of Father's they would be to their own children someday. It takes nothing at all for me to think back to those days when she was an itty-bitty and my brothers - who had no experience with babies - took on soothing her when she cried, changing her diapers, helping feed her, and just snuggling. Mushy gushy heart.

What makes you sentimental today?