Beth Siegalkoff

Today is Middle Name Pride Day, which honors the seldom-used middle name that often sets you apart from others. It was selected with care, so you should be proud of it.

There is a big reason to be proud of your middle name.

First, there are plenty of John Smiths and Mary Jones; it’s the middle name your parents gave you that makes your name unique.

Second, your parents chose your middle name with great care. It often was selected to honor a friend or relative. That person may have possessed certain characteristics that they want you to inherit. Several years ago, the custom was to give the first male child the mother’s maiden name as their middle name.

Do you know why you were given your middle name? If not, today is the day to find out. If it was in honor of someone, find out a little more about that person.

And here is a thought – maybe the sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he or she can tell when they are in really big trouble.

I encourage you to enjoy your middle name on Middle Name Pride Day – share the meaning or reason with family members and friends. Write it down and save that memory for future generations.

Who knows? There may be a future president of the United States with your middle name.

Shout out to the leprechauns of Herald. The Shamrock tree in the Herald Park is beautiful – especially at night. Those bright green lights really catch your eye. And, in the daytime, the green top hat and shamrock completes it. St. Patrick’s Day is next Wednesday.

Our saint Patrick’s family tradition revolves around food. We will be having corned beef and cabbage with a few potatoes added, soda bread, if I can find some, and for dessert, chocolate cupcakes with green frosting or maybe Key Lime pie. And the next day if there is any corned beef left over – hot corned beef and Swiss cheese sandwiches. Maybe add a little sauerkraut and a smear of Thousand Island salad dressing. My mouth is watering already.

Do you remember when the Galt city fathers went all out for St. Patrick’s Day? A parade, corned beef dinner, green beverages, green stripe down Fourth Street were just few of the day’s highlights. Those are some great memories.

Today is our son-in-law’s birthday. He is a diver and loves ocean diving for pleasure. Although he has used his diving expertise for business, Eric enjoys diving for the fun of it, and the best part is he brings home fish and shellfish for the dinner table. Yum! We love you and hope you are having a great day.

Flower of the day – Spider Plants; Recipe of the day – Green Jell-O shots. It’s OK to celebrate a little early!

Dates to Remember:

March 14 – Daylight Saving Time begins. Turn clock ahead one hour.

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

March 20 – Spring Equinox begins

March 27 – Passover

March 28 – Palm Sunday

March 29 through April 6 – Easter vacation, the high schools will be closed all week, including the Sunday after Easter.

April 5 – Easter

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