Beth Siegalkoff

Today is Work Like a Dog Day. This unofficial holiday celebrates the English language phrase, ‘working like a dog’, meaning to work very hard.

It is believed that the idiom comes from the hard work that working dogs – herd dogs, hunting dogs, rescue and service dogs – put in during the day.

It may be a dog-eat-dog (couldn’t resist) world out there, which can force you to work like a dog even during the dog days of summer!

Work like a Dog Day honors people who work hard, go the extra mile, and start work early and stay late. This quirky day is inspired by the reputed strong, successful workers who supposedly will stimulate (or in some cases frustrate) you into working extra time too.

Fun fact – If you work normal 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. hours, don’t schedule any appointments after 4 p.m. According to numerous employee surveys, most people are their least productive between 4 and 6 p.m.

Speak of working above and beyond – the people in education are hard at it. Distance teaching is not for the faint of heart. If you see a school employee, give them an “air” high five at 6 feet distance, of course. The maintenance, cafeteria, office, paraprofessionals, teachers and administration are working in overdrive to make sure our students get the best education they can provide with distance learning.

On another note, did you know that we would have celebrated the 40th Herald Day last weekend? Fortunately, we may have another chance, as the Herald Community Club didn’t cancel Herald Day all together, they rescheduled it for Saturday, Oct. 4. Hope it happens. So, keep your distance, wash your and hands and wear your mask. We will get through this.

I was given another good spin on wearing a mask besides keeping your germs to yourself and “masking” your breath – It hides the bags under eyes! That was too funny. You’ve got to laugh and, by all means, keep moving. If you choose to just sit and worry, how does that help? It doesn’t. So, find some happy in the day, walk, dance, skip and laugh out loud. Life is too short as it is, and it will get shorter if you don’t keep moving.

Thanks for the shoutout for our anniversary. I appreciate it and that you are reading The Galt Herald. Got to support the local newspaper.

Recipe of the day – Stuffed Green peppers (make good use of peppers your garden is producing); Flower of the day – Gagroot (it is prettier than it sounds); Lobelia is a Gagroot or just Groot for short.

Dates to remember

According to school district marquees and online calendars, first day of school is:

Thursday, Aug. 13 for Arcohe Elementary

Monday, Aug. 17 for Galt High School District – Estrellita, Galt High, Liberty Ranch

Thursday, Aug. 20 for Galt elementary district –Greer, Lake Canyon, Marengo Ranch, McCaffrey Middle, River Oaks, Valley Oaks

Tuesday, Sept. 1 for Oak View Elementary

Thursday, Aug. 13 for New Hope Elementary

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