Well, it’s September and summer has come to an end. Well, fall doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 23, the Autumn Equinox, but Labor Day, Sept. 2, is usually considered the last day of summer for most people. And why aren’t people supposed to wear white after Labor Day? Seems kind of silly to have a time when you can’t wear white!
And why Labor Day? I get that it’s a federal holiday that celebrates the American labor movement and the achievements of the American worker, but what does it have to do with summer and wearing white? I’m kind of sad that summer is ending, so I guess I could mourn the end of summer by wearing black!
September is one of those odd months where it seems like it’s a catch-all for days that didn’t make it in the other months and they (someone) thought we’d better get it in before the year ends!
So we have some momentous days in September, including the end of summer, the beginning of fall, 9-11 remembrance day, Grandparents Day on the 8th, Citizenship Day AND Constitution Day on the 17th (very important things these days), International Peace Day on the 21st (also very important these days), and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins Sunday, Sept. 29 at sunset and ends Tuesday, Oct. 1.
But, as important as those days are, my personal favorite is International Talk Like A Pirate Day on the 19th, not so much because I like pirates (they’re more into parrots, I hear), but I get endless laughs just watching you humans trying to talk like a pirate! Some of you are so bad, it’s side-splitting!
For the cheese lovers out there, here you go: Cheese Pizza Day on the 5th, National Cheese Toast Day on the 15th, National Cheeseburger Day on the 18th, and National String Cheese Day on the 20th. Say cheese!
But what warms my Frenchie heart is all the days devoted to dogs. Let’s start with Sept. 8, which is National Pet Memorial Day and National Hug Your Hound Day (two-fer!), Puppy Mill Awareness Day and Responsible Dog Ownership Day on the 21st (another two-fer!), AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day on the 22nd and the oddest one, Sept. 23, National Checkers/Dogs in Politics Day, which was named after then-Vice President Richard Nixon’s family dog (black and white cocker spaniel) Checkers. Nixon mentioned in a speech (now called the Checkers Speech) that his family had just adopted a dog, which softened accusations against him that was was taking illegal funds. See what a dog can do for you?! The day is also called Dogs in Politics Day. But I don’t know why any dog would get into politics, we’re too smart for that!
We’ll also be celebrating on Sept. 16, which is both Step Family Day and Working Parents Day. That’s us! A big happy step family with working parents!
Well, here’s to September, the coming of fall and the end of summer (sniff, sniff). But fall doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 23, so you could always pretend that summer is still going on for a few more weeks!