Beth Siegalkoff

Make no mistake … Rubber Eraser Day is today, the day we are to celebrate the invention of erasers. We all make mistakes. That’s a given; it’s how we take care of the mistake that is the challenge. On paper, erasers are the answer. Today is designated to recognize and appreciate the value of that little plug (as manufacturers call them) that sits on top of our pencils. When we make a mistake, they are the big “cover-up”, make that eraser, of our booboo or faux pas. Just imagine how messy our documents would be without it.

Why not just call it “Eraser Day”, you are thinking? There are two reasons. The first erasers were made of rubber. Today, they are made of rubber, or vinyl. Secondly, in Great Britain, they are formally called “rubbers”, as in they rub the lead or erasable ink off the paper.

In the world of erasers, there are two men who are prominent. Joseph Priestley discovered the eraser in 1770, using pieces of rubber imported from Brazil. Then in 1858, Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, Pa., patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.

With the use of electronics, computers, tablets, cell phones, you would think young people would have no use for the erasers. Not true, a majority of students will write out stories, essays and questions/answers before typing them out. I would imagine most math problems are written and rewritten with the help of an eraser.

And art projects would be a mess without an eraser. Makes you want to dig one out of the desk drawer and put it to good use. Especially, since we are sheltering in place. Maybe sketch a sign, color the sign, erase the sketch marks and stand the sign in your front yard, thanking all the essential workers for the work they do keeping us safe.

Speaking of that nasty virus, I think this sheltering in place is working. The curve is flattening. And since people haven’t been driving, the air quality has improved so much they can actually see the mountains and blue sky in Los Angeles. Plus, families are getting more exercise because they have added walking to their daily routine.

This statement was made to keep families close to home, “If you can’t walk there, then don’t go there.” Well said.

Maybe our parks and wildlife areas will have a chance to replenish. However, there will come a time when we will get back to the norm; let’s just hope that the vehicles stay in the garage and daily walking will continue to be a part of the family’s routine.

Today was supposed to be Income Tax Day. So, if you have been frantic about getting them done by today, relax. Due to the vicious COVID-19 virus, the new due date for taxes has now been rescheduled for July 15. Good news for some of you who owe money. For those who are planning on a refund, I bet your taxes are already finished, signed and sent in. But if you owe, you have three extra months to get your taxes done.

And on that note, if all goes well, there are 117 days until high school starts on Aug. 10 and 254 shopping days until Christmas.

Days to Remember:

Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day

Friday, May 1 – May Day

Monday, May 4 – for Star Wars fans: “May the Fourth (Force) be with you!”

Tuesday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day

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