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First Place! #yourbestday

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Calendars.com Team Member Raina tells the story of her best day. Sounds like someone was on her way to stardom!

“When I was 12, my life revolved around music. It still does to some extent, but at 12 years old, I had my sights set on singing and playing piano every spare moment I had. My music teacher at that time encouraged me to enter my first ever public talent show. This was not just a school performance or recital; this was singing for people who would be watching of their own free will! The idea alone was both thrilling and terrifying.

My mom took me on a school night to perform at the Montgomery County Fair Talent Show. Disney’s The Little Mermaid had come out the year before, and the song “Part of your World” was one of my favorites. That was my pick, and even though I knew the song backwards and forwards, I was incredibly nervous.

I can’t even remember what number I was in the list of 20+ performers, but I remember it was kind of early in the show. My name was called; I walked up to the stage. My teacher was there to play the piano for my song, which was comforting. I honestly don’t even remember my performance, just that I was happy with it. I do remember looking into the audience at all the people. I finished, they clapped, and I rejoined my mom in the audience. She told me I was fantastic, and she was beaming!

We sat in the audience and watched as, one by one, performers came and went. I was completely surprised how many people were competing and by the variety and skill of the talents I saw. Of course there were other singers, but there was also a fiddle player, clog dancers, comedians, jugglers, guitarists, and other talents I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Most of the performers were adults who I thought were far more talented than me. I was ok with that, though. I didn’t really sign up for the competition; I signed up for the experience.

There are a lot of details I forget about that night, but I do remember that I was hungry. It was nearing 9 o’clock at night, and I had not had dinner. My mom gave me money to go grab a hot dog at a stand nearby. She ushered me to hurry up, as it seemed the show was drawing to a close. It was almost like she jinxed me, because I was still buying my hot dog when they began to announce 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

I could see the stage. My heart started pounding. I guess hunger outweighs patience when you’re 12, because I remember not stopping with my order despite my attention being fixed on the stage. Third place was announced as I was putting the ketchup on my hotdog. It wasn’t me. I was disappointed because I thought third place would be my best chance at a trophy, but a tiny part of me thought I might still have a chance at second place. I actually waited to take a bite of that hot dog despite the smell being right under my nose and my stomach growling. I was just hoping, waiting with anticipation, frozen in place at the back of the audience for the second place announcement, dinner in hand.

Someone else’s name was called. My heart sank. With my frozen state of anticipation broken, I rushed though the audience to rejoin my mom, and you’d better believe I shoved a good part of that hot dog in my mouth when I sat down. I might as well eat; first place was just not going to happen.

First place. I was barely paying attention and not even looking at the stage when they called my name. I was stunned, frozen in place again, and my mouth was full! I think my mom actually had to tell me to go up to the stage. I was still dazed as I gulped down the food in my mouth and took my place on the stage and received my trophy. First Place. I won first place!

I think the smile stuck on my face for weeks; I’m even smiling now thinking about it! It was truly one of my very best days.”

-Raina, Calendars.com, 2 years

 

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Make it count! #yourbestday

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“My best day was one I don’t even remember. It was March 10, 1972. I was a little early, but then again, I’m always early. On this particular day I was 11 weeks early.

I was a mere 2.5 pounds in a time when survival was slim to none. I was rushed from Conroe, TX to the children’s hospital in Houston. When my father saw me for the first time I was screaming at the top of my little lungs. He said to the nurse “She’s going to be just fine.” As it turns out, he was right.

I never take anyone or anything for granted. I work hard, play hard, love deeply and enjoy life. I intend to make it count!”

-Jessica M, Calendars.com, 16 years

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Presidential Joke Day

August 11 is Presidential Joke Day!

No, Presidential Joke Day is not a day for making jokes about the president. On August 11, 1984,  President Ronald Reagan made the following joke during a sound check before his Saturday radio address:

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

- Ronald Reagan

What the President didn’t know was that the feed had already gone live! Read more about the results of Reagan’s remark and his history of making controversial jokes at History.com.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com
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Finding #yourbestday, every day.

This month at Calendars.com we’ve committed to find inspiration every day. How do you find inspiration in your daily life? Calendars.com Team Member, Sarah, shares a story about her best day below.

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“If I gave the obvious answer I’d say January 25, 2000 and September 8, 2002. Those are the birthdays of my two sons. But, I like to be different so I’ll tell you about my most meaningful day.

The night before this I had received news that a very dear friend of mine had passed away. I was devastated and chose to spend the next day with my grief. As I sat on my back porch in solitude I watched nature go by. I was overwhelmed with sadness over the loss of my friend and unable to contemplate a world in which he didn’t exist. Nothing in life ever fully prepares you to deal with grief and there is nothing you can do but let it happen.

I sat there alone with my grief and so very, very sad. As I wept into my hands I was sure that nothing would ever make this better. Surely nothing could eclipse this awful sadness. Then, I looked up and resting on the railing of my porch were two perfect, blue, dragonflies. I kept perfectly still and watched them for a minute. They were spectacular. They had the most breathtakingly beautiful, perfect, wings. Not a flaw that I could find. Their wings rose and fell with the breeze and it seemed like this moment was made for them.

Suddenly they rose to fly away and I had the opportunity to look around. Everything, as far as I could see, was filled with dragonflies. Hundreds, if not thousands, of dragonflies were flying around my yard, through the creek behind my home, and all around the porch where I was sitting. I was in awe.

Surrounded by my grief one minute and then by breathtaking beauty the next. The dragonfly has always been my thing, it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. So, I sat there on my back porch that day and smiled and then laughed. I stood up and spread my arms and felt them all around me and laughed some more. I thought of my friend, and our friendship, and laughed again.

They eventually left. My grief was still there but it felt a tad more manageable. I had found a bit of joy and in that I realized what would eclipse the sadness. There were many many times over the next few weeks and months that I thought of my friend and would lose my breath because I missed him so much. When I think of him now I still feel sad. I miss him all the time, that never goes away.

But, the beauty that was shown to me that day has always managed to shine through. I will never forget the joy I felt surrounded by those dragonflies. Even today as I type this and miss my friend so much – I still smile and feel the whisper of the dragonfly wings on my cheeks.”

-Sarah F, Calendars.com, 8 years

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U.S. Coast Guard Day

USCGC Tampa WMEC 902 passing fort MonroeAugust 4 is U.S. Coast Guard Day!

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the United States Coast Guard, the military branch whose primary responsibility is national defense, or protecting and maintaining the security of U.S. waters and shorelines. However, the U.S. Coast Guard also enforces Federal laws at sea and on coastal and inland waters; protects the marine environment and U.S. coastlines and ports; saves life at sea; and operates the U.S.’s lighthouses.

We honor all those who have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, past and present, on August 4 to commemorate the creation and establishment of the U.S. Coast Guard on August 4, 1790.

Many people celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day by attending Grand Haven, Michigan’s Coast Guard Festival, which honors the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard through events and activities such as carnival rides, picnics, parades and ship tours.

Did You Know…that the U.S. Coast Guard was initially called the Revenue Cutter Service? The term “Coast Guard” was not used until 1915, when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Life-Saving Service. Learn more about the history of the U.S. Coast Guard by clicking here.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, uscg.mil, coastguardfest.org
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