Why I post about odd holidays (plus, a six sentence holiday inspired story)


Remember, if it were not for cows, how would your story characters celebrate National Ice Cream Day on the 19th?  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month.  Or, how about National Milk Chocolate Day on July 28th.

What is the favorite holiday of Dave, from Through a Stranger’s EyesNational Cheesecake Day on July 30th, of course! cherry-cheesecake-slice




So, think about the out of the ordinary.  And, remember, you do not personally have to celebrate the holiday.  For example, this past April 16th was Eggs Benedict Day; which I am sure Sally celebrates every year…to Fred’s dismay.

Eggs Benedict

(Originally posted in December 2012 as a response to a Six Sentence Sunday challenge; thus the looooong sentences.)

Fred decided about four days before he officially announced his Christmas vacation plans that he would ask Sally to go with him to the beach; not that she had ever indicated that she had any interest in him.  And so, as the assembled office crowd waited in line at the building food court lunch buffet, Fred standing behind Sally, whispered in her ear, “Fly to the islands with me.”

“What,” more astonished than she was about the apparent lack of eggs benedict on the table of buffet offerings, “Fly where, with whom, for what?”

“Go on vacation with me…I’ll pay…I’ll…”, she cut him off in midsentence, by holding her hand to his face, palm forward, and, having caught his attention, “Do you see any eggs benedict…I really want eggs benedict.”

Fred went on his vacation solo; and the entire time he was at his mother’s house he thought about eggs benedict.  He decided that regardless of the dish originating at the Waldorf Hotel in 1894, or in the 1860s at Delmonico’s, or someplace else, he would implore the buffet people to offer eggs benedict on Monday, or he would have egg on his face again when he asked Sally to the office New Year’s party.

(Eggs Benedict is a work of fiction, copyright Steven S. Walsky 2012, all rights reserved.)





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