September is a holiday month

Does anyone out there know who Barney Flaherty was? I should have known, but I didn?t. Turns out, he was the first newspaper carrier, hired in 1833.

The reason for bringing up this trivia is because Thursday, Sept. 4, is the anniversary of Barney?s hiring. It is also National Carrier Day.

So for all our Free Press carriers and other carriers out there, have a great day.

Surprisingly, September has quite a few holidays. Here?s a sampling: Sky?scraper Day, National Cheese Pizza Day, Read a Book Day, National Grand?parents Day, Teddy Bear Day, Swap Ideas Day, National Chocolate Milkshake Day, and the list goes on.

I have often wondered where these special celebrations came from. My curiosity sometimes gets the best of me, and when it comes to the more obscure observances, it did.

For example, National Chocolate Milkshake Day is celebrated Sept. 12 so people can enjoy the ?smooth, frothy, rich and sweet? taste of a milkshake. The first milkshake was referenced in a newspaper article in 1885, and the original recipe called for a shot of whiskey.

Sept. 24 is set aside to honor the first toy store opening. I couldn?t find any information about which toy store was the first to open. What I did find was information about Hamleys, the oldest and largest toy store in the world. Located in London, the store annually attracts 5 million visitors, and has more than 50,000 toys spread over seven floors.

Next time I am in London (Ha!), I will have to check that out.

Another ambiguous holiday is Elephant Apprecia?tion Day, celebrated Sept. 22. The holiday was created by a businessman in 1996 who, according to the source, liked elephants.

Apparently, there are several reasons why this holiday is observed. One has to do with elephant art. Some paintings created by elephants have sold in the U.S. for $2,200, according to one gallery?s website.

One holiday that probably is near and dear to all of us is Good Neighbor Day on Sept. 28. It?s important whether your setting is urban or rural.

The day was created in 1971 by Becky Mattson of Montana; in 1978, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation stating that understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities.

?For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family,? he stated.

National Band-Aid Day falls on Sept. 22. The Band-Aid brand by Johnson & Johnson was invented in 1920 by an employee who said his wife continuously cut and burned herself while cooking.

Band-Aids didn?t fly off the shelves when they were first introduced, but gained popularity when millions of them were shipped overseas during World War II.

At least one more day during September is worthy of note. The first day of fall is Sept. 22. Fall is my favorite season and I look forward to enjoying the fantastic colors, falling leaves and cooler days and nights.

Even though all sorts of myths and legends are associated with autumn, I prefer to keep it simple by thinking about the fall crop harvest and all that goes with it.

It seems like every year, husband Randy and I have the same conversation.

I say: ?I am so excited fall is here.?

He says: ?I?m not because winter isn?t far behind.?

Even as Randy and I debate the value of fall, I hope September brings good things to everyone.