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This article was published 1/3/2017 (1664 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
For those of you who don’t have calendars, I would like to point out that today is a very special day.
Today, March 1, along with being Ash Wednesday, is the 60th day of the year, meaning there are only 305 more days to go in 2017, not that we are counting.
It also happens to be — prepare to be extremely excited — National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, which is a day set aside... OK, I think the name pretty much explains itself.
The thing is, almost every day on the calendar is special for some reason or other. Monday, Feb. 27, was special for me, because that was the day I visited the kids in Lucia Whitney’s Grade 6 class and Devon Martin’s Grade 8 class at St. Alphonsus School in East Kildonan.
Yes, I visited the kids on National Polar Bear Day as part of I Love to Read Month in exchange for them writing letters (complete with charming misspellings) about what special days they would like to see added to the calendar. Get ready to party, because here are the days the kids want to see in your future:
National Disrespect Day — "I think it would be so cool if there was an international day for disrespect. Come on! Have you ever had to do a fart in pulibc? Well if you did it a) What did you do? b) You don’t need to worry about it on that day. It would be July 2, because why not?! If you want to burp at your house and have an excuse, although you’re going to be grounded no matter what age you are." — Michael, 11, Grade 6
National Jets Day — "I would pick #NationalJetsDay because lots of people like the Jets and since they do lots of hockey every day they should get some apprieciation. It’s also a nice day to wear all your Jets stuff!" — Danae, 11, Grade 6
National Gym Clothes Day — "Gym Clothes Day is really needed. It will help kids everywhere not to change every time we have gym. Your spost to wear gym clothes all day." — Gursajan, 12, Grade 6
National Ringette Day — "I think that we should have a national ringette day. Because not much people know what ringette is... Ringette girls are usually not known for their talent, and I am going to change that. All you ringette girls out their don’t be ashamed for your talent because no one can do better. Keep calm and ringette on." — Ella, 12, Grade 6
National You Day — "National You Day is when you tell yourself that you’re important. Everyone needs a little love, so why don’t you love yourself first... Everyone on this earth has worth and everyone, including you, has beauty. If you don’t see that, go look in the mirror. Never forget you’re a beautiful, strong, powerful person. Never let anyone tell you different." — Kristina, 11, Grade 6
National Sleeping Day — "On National Sleeping Day, everybody would sleep all day and no one would go to work. I think it would be cool because you can be lazy all day and relax." — Alyona, 11, Grade 6
National Dog Day — "It would be awesome to have a National Dog Day because the entire town would be full of dogs! But the dumb part is that they poop and barf wherever they are and they will also be chasing cats and eating all the time. Yuck!!!" —Nicole, 11, Grade 6
National Say No To An Older Person Day — "I wish there could be a day that I could say no to a person that is older. To say no to chorse, homework or a trip to the zoo for the hundredth time. Think about someone like me to say no to my mom. Boy, if I did something like that today, I would be grounded for two weeks!" — Harshita, 11, Grade 6
National Kind Day — "I think that we should have a day dedicated to just be kind to someone. This is probably already a day and I’m sorry if it is. So many people hurt from being bullied and told they can’t do something... We hurt more when someone brings us down and makes us feel worthless than when someone starts a fight and hurts us. So I think we could make this world better by making someone feel better after being hurt. Of course, not everyone will be nice on this day. It would be there decision." — Emilia, 11, Grade 6
National Lazy Day — "Because I don’t want to move or do anything." — Zac, 13, Grade 8
National Cold Beverage Day — "My national day would most definatly be National Cold Beverage Day. What could possibly be better than a single day of the year dedicated to cold beverages like Slushies and Slurpees? On June 3rd, enjoy your cold beverage." — Paul, 13, Grade 8
National Remember Your Age Day — "Just remember how old you really are so you can think of how many times you lied about your age. Mom, you’re not 17." — Themi, 13, Grade 8
National Social Justice Day — "I think we should, as Canadians, have a day to celebrate and rejoyce for the beauty of social justice. This would also be a good way to send our gratitude to those who have worked relentlessly to abolish bigotry in today’s society. I do hope this proposal is taken very seriously as I think this should be passed over to Parliament." — C.K., 13, Grade 8
National Spa Day — "When you think of a National Spa Day, you probably think of cucumber face masks, mud baths, and massages. A National Spa Day is not that, but instead a day of relaxation. Everyone needs to relax every once in a while because life is full of stressful things. Work, school, wondering if you’ll ever actually start that diet that you said you would two months ago when your parents came to visit... Too much stress can cause headaches, and even acne (and no one wants to relive that part of puberty)." — Tia, 13, Grade 8
National Slipper Day — "Because nobody likes wearing shoes that much. Older kinds find shoes are overrated. Wearing slippers out in public is what the cool kids do... slippers go with every outfit you decide to wear... When it’s National Slipper Day, kids in Catholic or private schools should be able to wear slippers in class." — Chantel, 13, Grade 8
The kids from St. Alphonsus wrote dozens and dozens more letters, but I think you can see how special they are. Personally, kids, I plan to celebrate each and every one of your days, so I’d appreciate it if you could write to my boss and explain why Uncle Doug is not at work.
Doug has held almost every job at the newspaper — reporter, city editor, night editor, tour guide, hand model — and his colleagues are confident he’ll eventually find something he is good at.