National Watermelon Day on August 3rd recognizes the refreshing summertime treat enjoyed at picnics and fairs! And since watermelon is 92% water, it is very satisfying in the summer heat.
This vine-like flowering plant originated from southern Africa. While the word watermelon refers to both the fruit and the plant to botanists, the plant is a pepo. The pepo is a berry with a thick rind and fleshy center. Interestingly, pepos develop from an inferior ovary. They are also characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae, a scientific term for the gourd family.
While the watermelon fruit is loosely considered a type of melon, unlike other melons, it’s not in the genus Cucumis. The smooth exterior usually produces a dark green rind with stripes or yellow spots. Watermelons produce a juicy, sweet interior flesh ranging from deep red to pink. However, sometimes it comes in orange, yellow, or white.
While melon holds plentiful water, wild melons were bitter and tasteless. This clue suggests that desert dwellers likely cultivated the first melon. Additional evidence of the watermelon’s value is supplied in the seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs. Over time, cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of the sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today.
With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWatermelonDay
While you’re celebrating the day, spread the joy! Visit a pick your own watermelon patch or pick one up from your local farmer’s market. Then, slice it up and invite the neighborhood over to share. Make a fruit salad or cut it into wedges. What are your favorite watermelon memories? Try these other fun ways to celebrate the day, too!
Host a seed-spitting contest.
Create a new watermelon recipe.
Enjoy watermelon flavored candies or beverages.
Create a frozen watermelon dessert.
Learn how to pick a ripe watermelon.
Post on social media using #NationalWatermelonDay.
and… Guess that everyone likes this song for some reason or another… but when you have a person in your LIFE… that was the best of people to you and everyone… and then just too soon in LIFE… are taken to the next level of living … the great hereafter… and there never ever seems to be another person that could take even a small part of that LIFE that you had shared with the one and only… all I can say…make the best of memories you can everyday of your LIFE… because those memories will be the substance that will keep you in LOVE with the one and only one for you and that’s forever!
and…When this record came out…I had to buy it for Lee…it was the last of the records that I bought and still have… as Lee passed away some time after this… just something about the words and music that we both just had special feelings for… and always brings back real good memories of those … days so long ago!
and… This is that special song that Lee would sing to me… his voice was terrific… Dean Martin sounds like Lee when singing and with a terrific voice… all I could do was to sit back and dream.
Lee and good friend, Ron who also worked a shift of cooking at our restaurant… just have to take some time off… to do what is more FUN… hitting avery small ball as far as you can… then walking a mile and a half just to maybe find that poor ole ball… and then to do all that again and again! (What a day of good ole Fun?)
So just for extra FUN… I decided to tag along one day… just glad that I took my camera along.
As you can see in the above Photo… the best part of a game of Golf… is just taking some time out to rest… and let someone else work hard just trying to get a good photo of two grown men having lots of FUN… just taking a forty whacks at a very nice little ole ball!
“Just so you you all know… the Birthday Cake and Ice Cream are ready to be served… come and get it NOW!”
Just as on July 4th Americans celebrate their independence, so is July 27th to be celebrated—a day to celebrate independence from the abuser. July 27th, National Love is Kind Day is the day to:
Celebrate for all victims of domestic violence/domestic abuse their FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE from their abuser.
Recognize our right to be treated with KINDNESS. Because real love is kind, not terrorizing.
Realize that kindness is the path to healthy and safer relationships, families, society, and the world.
Give voice for and hope and support to others who are still suffering, often in silence.
Spread messages how we can be kind to one another, especially to those closest to us.
Remember that love is not abusive, violent, demeaning or dehumanizing. If someone uses love as an excuse for their hurtful behavior, it’s not real love.
With every generation, the cycle of abuse continues to cripple families, especially women and children who are most vulnerable. The cycle of abuse must stop now.
National Love is Kind Day encourages you to become aware of how you are treating people, how people are treating you, and how you can become emboldened, supported, and empowered to lead the joyful and productive life you deserve. With improved and proper support, families can know and experience the freedom and love found in an abuse-free home. Children grow up with positive role models, and both adults and children lead more productive, happy, and mentally healthy lives.
The day is an opportunity to say “No to abuse, violence, and ridicule! And begin saying, “Yes, to kindness! And yes, to sharing my voice! Yes, I am worth it and my life matters. Kindness rules!”
Stop the cycle of abuse and make a difference to create a kinder world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLoveIsKindDay
They are many ways to celebrate this day and join the Love is Kind Movement!
Expect to be treated with kindness. Repeat the mantra “I deserve to be treated with kindness,” especially if you’ve ever been abused, bullied, or sexually harassed or assaulted.
Exchange negative actions and words for positive ones for the day. For example, replace hitting with a walk, yelling with deep breathing, and insults with kind gestures and words, such as, “let me understand.” Being kind to others starts with being kind to yourself. It also means setting healthy boundaries for yourself.
Celebrate with Domestic Violence survivors their freedom from abuse! If you or someone you know left an unhealthy relationship, this is YOUR independence day. Celebrate your freedom from abuse/domestic violence. While you’re celebrating, post in Social Media your freedom story and tag #TheLoveisKindMovement Post. Share and celebrate here: www.facebook.com/groups/TheLoveisKindMovement and LIKE: www.facebook.com/TheLoveisKindNetwork where you can also share your stories and celebrate.
Share on social media examples how you are kind to those closest to you. Use hashtags: #LoveisKindDay #LoveisKind #LoveisKindNotTerrorizing
Believe in and direct domestic violence victims who reach out to you to DV centers nearest them.
Rosie Aiello and Sunny, co-founders of The Love is Kind Network, founded National Love is Kind Day on July 27, 2018. They spread the message of a kinder, healthier world and support stronger, more wholesome families, free of violence and terrorism. The day also represents the day Rosie and Sunny gained their freedom from a violent relationship.
In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on July 27th annually.
About the Love is Kind Network
Rosie Aiello and Sunny are the co-founders of The Love is Kind Network, The Love is Kind Movement Facebook group, and National Love is Kind Day. They spread the message to create a kinder and healthier world and support stronger, more wholesome families, free of violence and family terror.
July 27th also represents the day Rosie and Sunny gained their freedom after an international escape from a domestic violent relationship.
Trapped in an emotionally, mentally, and financially abusive relationship for nearly 25 years, Rosie engineered their escape from the Middle East to save her daughter Sunny and herself from domestic violence. Nearly mentally destroyed and stunned by PTSD, Rosie and Sunny arrived in their home state of California. Within a few short years, Rosie became a speaker, best-selling author, and an international award-winning entrepreneur.
Rosie and Sunny are on a mission to help 1 million women and their children free themselves from the shackles of abuse, and help them create joyful and productive lives.