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Nothing to celebrate? Month offers many options
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Forsyth County News

I noticed that Jan. 19 is National Nothing Day.

Not sure what committee came up with that, but if I had any input, there would be no honoring or noting “nothing.”

Seeing that spurred my interest in other days coming up this month, and I wanted to share them in case readers need something to celebrate.

For those having trouble keeping resolutions, Jan. 19 is National Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day, so obviously you’re not alone.

Jan. 18 is also National Thesaurus Day. I have always loved a thesaurus. Even though it takes just a click on a computer or other device to use one, I still love my hard copy of Roget’s Thesaurus. It sits on my desk bookshelf right next to my old and worn copy of John Bartlett’s “Familiar Quotations.”

Both books belonged to my parents. I remember as a little girl looking through and using them when I wrote stories and poems.

As I got older, the books were an integral part of schoolwork, especially when I wrote papers for college on what felt like a daily basis.

There is something a bit sad about books being replaced by tablet reading.

Jan. 18 is also Winnie the Pooh Day, which would be easier for me to celebrate since I still love that sweet, cuddly, “silly old bear.”

I have such fond memories of Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and the whole crowd — from my own childhood as well as those of my four children.

We will all celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Jan. 19. I know if he were alive today, he would be speaking out for peace and urging unity in our country.

Jan. 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. I didn’t know people were unaware of penguins. In fact, with so many children’s movies featuring them, I would think awareness is way up.

Of course, maybe this day has been around for a while and that is why Hollywood decided to make those movies.

Jan. 21 is National Hugging Day. I like to hug. I have been known to hug people I just met. So many people I interview are inspiring and have such amazing stories. Many have moved me to tears.

When someone shares a personal story — whether it’s their own trials and struggles, or those of loved ones — I feel so connected to them. I think the world might be a better place if we all hugged more.

Jan. 21 also is Squirrel Appreciation Day, which surely was created just to annoy me. As longtime readers will recall, I don’t like squirrels. They’re bullies to our birds, and also are quite the gluttons when it comes to eating bird seed.

They also routinely hang from my bird feeders, and on many occasions have ruined or broken them. I will not be appreciating squirrels on this day.

Jan. 23 is National Handwriting Day, which is ironic since handwriting seems to be a thing of the past as keyboards have all but taken over.

Schools don’t really teach cursive anymore, which is also sad. Children are encouraged to type when taking notes.

Although it has been quite a while since I saw the inside of a college classroom, I’m willing to bet it is a hodgepodge of laptops and tablets, with not many taking notes like we did.

Jan. 24 is Beer Can Appreciation Day. Whoever named that one must have had one too many.

That same day is also Compliment Day. Let me go ahead and say how smart all of you are for reading our local newspaper and keeping up with what is happening in the community!

Jan. 26 is Spouse’s Day. That is fairly close to Valentine’s Day, and I feel certain husbands are likely unaware they may have to do something special for us twice within such a short span.

Jan. 28 is Fun at Work Day. How many employers know this?

The very next day is National Kazoo Day, which perhaps should have fallen on the day before to help liven up the workplace.

Jan. 29 also is National Puzzle Day and National Corn Chip Day. I am guessing the same person (or should I say, dude?) that named the Beer Can Appreciation Day named the latter as well.

Jan. 31 is National Backward Day, though I’m not sure what that means. Perhaps it refers to people like me who still prefer books that can be held and handwritten, legible notes.

The last day of the month is also National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. I do love that. Art in all forms makes me happy.

The other day I came across another book that is near and dear to my heart. It’s my text book from an art history class I took in college.

It is a huge book, filled with pictures of beautiful art throughout world history. Again, there is nothing like flipping through pages in a book.

I hope all of you have a happy Nothing Day.


Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at