June 24, 2012: International Fairy Day, Praline Day, Pride Chicago

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June 24, 2012

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Clap twice! Today is Fairy Day! In J.M. Barrie’s 1902 novel The Little White Bird, he claims that fairies originated from the laughter of an infant. When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces and they all went skipping about in the form of fairies.

When Cole was little, he used to spend a lot of time during the summer making fairy houses. The houses were made with twigs and flowers and pieces of this and that. While Cole built fairy houses, I made a batch of slice-and-bake sugar cookies including some that were about the size of a head of a pin. One day when Cole was creating a fairy village, he told me the Indians (a plastic set of Indian figures bought in New Mexico) were going to visit and dig out a river for the Indians’ canoes to float down. As I took a few cookies outside, I heard the Chief say to the head fairy, “Don’t worry—we won’t hurt you. We just came for brunch.”

Cole made lemonade today and I made praline cookies to celebrate Praline Day and to go with the lemonade. They turned out very tasty. Cole’s homemade lemonade has been perfected over the years and is worth the mess. I will post the recipe for you in the next couple of days.

Happy birthday, Mick Fleetwood (1935)! If you are a Fleetwood Mac fan, then you know Mick is the founder and leader of the group. If it is your birthday today, happy birthday to you!

Last June 24, 2011 (or around this date): It seems Sean Murphy of South Yorkshire, England, tried to remove a wart from his finger the old-fashioned way—with a gun. Murphy was at work when he shot a stolen 12-bore Beretta shotgun at the offending wart. He ended up shooting off most of his middle finger. Murphy was arrested for theft of the gun and other firearms charges. Prosecutors said alcohol was involved. (I never would have guessed.)

Also on this date, police in Mankato, Minnesota approached two girls, ages 6 and 7, when they were seen in their pajamas walking a goat at 11:30 p.m. The girls told the officers that the goat lived in their bedroom closet and they walked it every night. The said the goat was hidden from their father, who didn’t know their mother had bought it two weeks earlier! The police didn’t buy that story and took the girls home to talk to their parents. The mother explained that earlier that day the girls had been to a birthday party that featured a petting zoo. They apparently had liberated the goat and took it home with them.

As you can tell, June 24 isn’t exactly brimming over with fascinating historical facts, but I do my best to keep you amused.

Today is PRIDE Chicago, the gay pride parade in Chicago. Over 1 million people will attend. I’m proud that the Chicago Waldorf School participates in the parade.

There is a lot to celebrate this year: civil unions have become legal in Illinois, President Barack Obama has expressed support for same-sex marriage, the military has done away with its “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and two lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois law that bans same-sex marriage. Religious groups also participated in the parade. The parade route, which was changed for better crowd control, wound past Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, which supported being along the route. Organizers considered moving the parade to a 10 a.m. start time, but stuck with noon so Mount Carmel could celebrate Masses and get parishioners in and out before the parade. Pride and respect seemed to be the main theme for this gay pride parade.

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10 thoughts on “June 24, 2012: International Fairy Day, Praline Day, Pride Chicago

  1. If that guy read El Morno he would know Duct tape is an easier way to remove a wart. The fool.

    Off to golf before it rains and then an early supper with my sister and family.

    I have tomorrow off so no Monday blues for me. Have a good one!

  2. Kb thanks for saving my life. I had no idea what to suggest my kids do today. We have nothing planned and now we do because it’s Fairy day. I wil encourage them to make Fairy houses. They may have to be made inside and taken out and placed under the trees because it’s not 10am yet and it’s HOT already but if I can keep them from whining I will suffer the mess.
    I really hope my kids never steal a goat.

  3. Fairy Houses! Fun! So happy you sent your kid to a Waldorf school and can share these great ideas with us. I will admit to being a mom who suggest too many movies and will take inspiration where ever I can find it. The praline cookies may be our Fairy cookies. More Katybeth! More! The summer is young!

    • More? I will see what I can do…Waldorf educates promotes the idea of allowing kids to be bored which can be hard on the parents but if they can stay strong the imagination starts to churn out amazing ideas and some don’t included glue and glitter! 😀

  4. I met a couple of the Waldorf kids at last year parade along with their parents. What a great group. The wait before the parade started was a long one and the kids managed to find ways to entertain themselves the whole time. My partner much to my embarrassment tried to jump rope with one of them. He is long past his jump rope days but the kids were more than happy to have him try to join in!

    • So glad you had a chance to meet our kids! It would be hard for any past the age of 20 to jump rope with a Waldorf kid. I give your partner credit for trying!

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