Frog Jumping Day – May 13th

This post was written by Christi Graybill, our Director of Customer Service, and is part of our Celebrate Every Day in May series. Read  more about the series…

I have always been a big fan of frogs. My mom was a gardener who regularly sung praises of frogs as beneficial critters.

How did we celebrate Frog Jumping Day?

We made our own Origami frogs and had a jumping contest. Want to make one yourself?

Frog Jumping Day celebrates “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain, a charming yarn told mostly in the voice of a drunk man from the south. As a person who has sat through many drunk Southern man stories, I can relate to the narrator’s more than slight annoyance. It’s a great example of how dialect can set the mood and really draw you in to the characters.

Frogs are primary characters in most cultures’ mythologies because of their links with both land and water. Because of their growth cycle, they are a symbol of transformation according to Animal Speak The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews. They are associated with the magic of water and land and are considered to be heralds of abundance and fertility. Some Shamanic cultures believe they control the weather.

There is nothing more amazing (and noisy) than a frog song. Campers can tell you there’s no such thing as a quiet night’s sleep when there are frogs around. Recently, while away at a meditation retreat, the running joke was that the frogs were croaking, “Transform! Transform!” This is a great message for seekers of enlightenment. Ohhhhmmmmmm! Ribbet!

Want More Frog Fun?

Care to build a cool frog house for your spring garden. Some frog trivia?

We have some frog calendars too. Check out my favorite frog calendar.

We hope you enjoy Frog Jumping Day as much as we did!

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2 Responses to “Frog Jumping Day – May 13th”

  1. Marianne Marugg 16. May, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    Well, the spadefoot toad should be the posterchild–or the postertoad–for transformation. They estevate down in the ground, even in dry West Texas, until we have a big rain. Then millions of them come out all at once in the cotton fields, yelling in their raucous voices for a mate. It all has to happen right now because the whole process has to be completed before the puddles dry up. Then the next generation uses the little sharp spades on its feet and digs its way into the ground to await another rain–which may be a loooong time coming. How cool is that?


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