July 15 is an important day. Very important indeed. It is St. Swithun Day. Swithun was Bishop of Windsor from 852 to 862 AD.
The name of Swithun is best-known today for a British weather lore proverb, which says that if it rains on Saint Swithun’s day, 15 July, it will rain for 40 days.
- St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
- For forty days it will remain
- St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
- For forty days ’twill rain nae mare
A Buckinghamshire variation has
- If on St Swithun’s day it really pours
- You’re better off to stay indoors.
So, yeah, looks like it is going to rain for another 40 days. We’ve had about 15 inches of rain so far this month, so this isn’t exactly a welcome concept. But this is Florida and it typically does rain each day in the summer, so I guess this is a non-news story.
In REAL news, however, it is National Ice Cream Day. Designated in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, the 3rd Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day (all of July is National Ice Cream Month!) This is news worth celebrating.
But the real reason today is important, is that it is my beloved husband’s birthday. Yes, Sweet Cheeks. I wanted to just take a few minutes to recognize this fine man for all that he does. His love and support are never-ending. He is so even-tempered, logical and steady that he is a steadfast foil for my moodiness, snarkiness and sometimes mercurial emotions. He is the perfect straight man. He thinks I am smart, and funny – even when I am not. He does not complain when I spend hours working on lessons plans or spoiling my grandchildren. He does not mention my hoarding tendencies for beads or shoes. He would do anything in the world to make me happy, and when I am sad, or lonely or unhappy – his pain equals (or seemingly exceeds) my own. He is romantic, thoughtful, honest and kind.
If you look in the dictionary for the expression “salt of the earth”, you will see my husband’s picture. Sure, he’s not perfect – he is mechanically inept, never met a container or package he couldn’t mangle, and shouldn’t be allowed to dress himself – but he is perfect for me.
So, Happy Birthday Sweet Cheeks.