I live in the Cincinnati area, not too far from the originating city of Sweetest Day, Cleveland, Ohio – it’s original purpose was to offer something “sweet” to orphans, sick and less fortunate residents in Cleveland, but later on became an event similar to Valentine’s Day, only it is celebrated every third Saturday in October. This year, it is observed on October 20th.
Until I moved to Ohio in 2002, I myself was not aware Sweetest Day. Although not popularly celebrated in all states, Sweetest Day is recognized not just in Ohio, but also in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, among others, where people give “sweets,” flowers, and cards to their friends and loved ones, or go on dates or do something special for a special someone.
There are nine (8) days until Sweetest Day, and whether you’ve celebrated this holiday before or not, I’d like to encourage everyone to think about a special someone to do something special for to recognize their kindness. It could be your parents, your partner, your children, your boss, your neighbor, your mail carrier, or someone you’ve just met. You may even volunteer at a local orphanage or a nursing home.
As the holidays are fast approaching, and before we all become too busy with our preparations for our own celebrations, Sweetest Day may very well be the best time to think about individuals close to and far from us – to do something for them. We could also encourage our children to do the same, and probably write a “sweet” note to a friend or relative – the list goes on. If you want to challenge yourself, why not do a sweet deed for each of the remaining 8 days until Sweetest Day? If not, that does not make you any less sweet! J
And yes, everyday is a “Sweetest Day” if we make it, with an effort or two; a simple smile or thank you goes a long way (and perhaps a candy bar or a garden-picked mum would not hurt, either!)
Happy Sweetest Day everyday!
Sources: http://sweetestday.com http://www.americangreetings.com/events/sweetestday.pd
About the Author: Charm Moreto Damon is a mother, a TESOL professional and a freelance editor. She graduated from the University of the Philippines, and pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where she also taught academic writing and research to international students. She is currently a stay-at-home-mom, and keeps herself busy with family, friends, and editorial work. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.