What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day

As if my dog needs one more thing to make him feel like he is my equal.  We already share a couch, a bed, a car.  I fear that if he had thumbs, he’d try taking over the kitchen.  On the other hand, I’d enjoy having him learn how to lift and lower the toilet seat.  Last year, when the snow prevented me from opening my front door, forcing me to open the back door slider and shovel 3 feet of snow to let him outside, those opposable thumbs would have come in handy.

On the other hand, if my precious Yorkie were anymore independent, he’d be a cat.  Never a cat owner, myself.  I resent all the pet preferential treatment cats receive and I suspect, had they thumbs, humans would be the teddy bears of their world, with a usefulness limited to cuddling.

At any rate, today is the day we dream of “what ifs” and maybe we can take liberty with this holiday and go beyond opposable thumbs and our pets.  What if we dyed our hair? What if we never stop dreaming?  What if we never stop smiling?  What if…?   So many possibilities and the rest of our lives to try them all out.  Have a wonderful “what if” day!

Read Across America

My favorite two children’s books are Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.   I still love these stories.  We all know the cliche, “reading is fundamental,” but it really is.  Too often, as we get older, reading becomes a chore instead of an escape.  Today, in celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, I invite you to make a moment to share a book with a child, yours or someone else’s.  Or you can pretend you’re a child and read to yourself.   Have an imaginative day!

What are some of your favorite books?

Pigs, Peanut Butter, and Fruit

NO! This is not a breakfast recipe!  Today is the day we finally give pigs their proper recognition and honor them for it is National Pig Day!  This highly intelligent domesticated animal is getting his 24 hours of fame and enjoying his nationally recognized holiday.  By the look in his eye, he is probably suggesting that if your stomach should begin to growl while glancing at his photo, you should take this opportunity to celebrate one of the other holidays recognized on March first, such as peanut butter or fruit compote.

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Yes, we are celebrating National Peanut Butter Day and National Fruit Compote Day, too! Now if my friend, Snuggles, starts to make your mouth water and the sound of popping grease reverberate in your ear, pump the breaks and grab a jar of peanut butter or fruit cup instead.

Dedicated to my cousin, who wanted a pet pig.