Dare Day — a challenging day — is always held on June 1. According to Holiday Insights, Dare Day is a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. It’s a day that daredevils truly relish. Today is definitely a call to action. It is not a day for procrastinators or for hesitation.

Dares take all forms and shapes. The type of dare is almost limitless. Whether it is a prank, a challenge to accomplish something, or a personal action (like asking someone out on a date), this is the day to make the dare. And it’s the day to do the dare. I would suggest that dares be safe and, of course, legal.

To dare someone to do something risky or challenging is one thing. However, declaring “double dog dare” heightens the challenge. “Double dog dare,” the challenge of epic proportion, was first found in the book “The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought” written by Alexander F. Chamberlain in 1896. Primarily used in the South and Midwest regions of the United States, the term “double dog dare you” enjoyed a resurgence of popularity due to the movie “A Christmas Story.”

In the movie, set in the 1940s, one child double dog dares another child to touch a frozen flagpole with his tongue. As you can imagine, the scenario doesn’t end well.

However, the highest degree of a challenge is to “triple dog dare” someone. It should not be used lightly or frequently. There you have it: Do not hesitate or procrastinate; dare yourself to do something new and dare a friend to join you. Oh, what memories will be made.

Thank you all who remembered my birthday. I appreciate the thoughts and well wishes. My family got together on Sunday to celebrate Elsie’s and my birthdays. We had a tasty lunch of tacos, rice and beans from a local Mexican market, and cream puffs for dessert. It was a good day to catch up with everyone.

Being that my birthday is on May 30, the true Memorial Day is extra special. The day was once celebrated only on May 30 no matter which day of the week it fell on because it represented those who died for our country. However, it is now conveniently connected to the last weekend in May so we could have a three-day weekend. Kind of diminishes the day. I love seeing the flags flying; it humbles my heart to remember I share it with those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Were you fortunate to hear the military song, taps that was played at 3 p.m. in every time zone in the United States? That was impressive. and a great way to remember our loved ones who died fighting for our country.

As we are coming up on graduations, please remember the guest attendance is by ticket only. Also, with schools soon to be out for the summer, there will be more student traffic walking and riding on scooters, bikes, skateboards, etc., on local streets, and most likely the students will be on their cellphones. And summer school will be held at both high schools starting on Monday, June 13. So, it will be a double whammy! Be careful out there.

For those who are preparing their calendars for school and holiday shopping, there are 33 days until Independence Day, 59 days until the high schools start classes for the 2022-23 school year, 152 days until Halloween, 176 days until Thanksgiving, and 207 shopping days until Christmas.

Flower of the day: Rhododendron

Recipe of the day: Pasta with Clam Sauce

Dates to remember:

Today — Liberty Ranch High School graduation

June 2 — Schools out for the summer for the high schools

June 4 — Galt High School graduation

June 14 — Flag Day

June 19 — Father’s Day

June 21 — Summer solstice

Until next week — Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.