I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye To Summer


(Or Zucchini, Or Bad Jokes, Or Fairies Or Marshmallows)

“Zucchini. Bad Jokes. The Tooth Fairy. S’mores. 
I like to think that celebrating one of these days could be a way, not just to show how educated you are about this silly thing called National Days of Celebration, but as a way to mark the moment, and make the point, that what is really on your mind is that you really don’t want to say goodbye to summer. At least not yet.”

– By Andrea Gaines
As we look ahead to the long, hot, thunderstorm-prone days of August, we can also look forward to some very inventive, very weird National Day Celebrations.

Last month we tempted our readers with the perfectly ridiculous irrelevance of National Get Out Of The Doghouse Day, which was celebrated by our great country on July 17.

This month we have four equally silly days for you to consider adding to your appointment calendar: August 8, National Sneak A Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, August 16, National Tell A Joke Day, August 22, National Tooth Fairy Day, and rounding out the month on August 30, National Toasted Marshmallow Day.

Zucchini. Bad Jokes. The Tooth Fairy. S’mores. I like to think that celebrating one of these days could be a way, not just to show how educated you are about this silly thing called National Days of Celebration, but as a way to mark the moment, and make the point, that what is really on your mind is that you really don’t want to say goodbye to summer. At least not yet.

You have run out of ways to give away the zucchini that is taking over your garden. Some people appreciated your gift. Some people asked what the heck you suggest they do with it.

You have heard your child tell that bad summer school joke … again, and again, and again. Still not funny, but you pretend it is hysterical!

Little teeth have been lost – sometimes when they were meant to fall out, and sometimes, not.

And, marshmallows have been roasted and savored, with melted chocolate and graham crackers.

Looked at this way, the National Days of Celebration that take place in August sure do sound like the perfect way to mark the last days of summer.

Throw a party to include a Zucchini Contest. I’ll leave the details up to you. Maybe the loser is forced to take everyone else’s extra zucchini off their hands … forever.

Have the kids in attendance describe what the tooth fairy really looks like. (Has anyone actually seen a Tooth Fairy?)

At your next August gathering, tell your absolute worst jokes, over and over. There is no more memorable laugher than that which follows a bad joke.

And, finally, stoke up that fire pit or campfire. Share your most creative s’mores recipes. And, imagine how good they would taste with homemade cinnamon, chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

Savor these last days of summer. And, cheers!

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