Author Jean Hersey said, “June is the gateway to summer.” Bernard Williams wrote, “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” Finally, L. M. Montgomery penned, “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” As we continue to emerge from the pandemic of 2020, the month of June offers us many opportunities to celebrate. Of course, Father’s Day on June 20 is the “Daddy” of them all (pun intended). We’re familiar with that holiday, so let’s look at some others. My source was the nationaltoday.com website.
Where to start? Well, fortunately for me, June 1 is Flip a Coin Day. Coin flips have been used to make vital decisions for centuries including Julius Caesar. It looks like the habit continues from determining who kicks off in football to sometimes the winner of a political race that ended in a tie. Maybe one of the most famous coin flips occurred in 1903. In deciding who would make the first attempt to fly, Wilbur and Orville Wright flipped a coin. Wilbur won, flew, and earned his place in history.
Very apropos for the Friendly City with our beautiful parks, trails, and bike paths; June 3 is World Bicycle Day. We probably all remember our first experiences learning to ride. It’s an especially useful activity even today. It was an important get outside activity during this pandemic year. Yes, it’s also touted as an alternative to driving our cars. Riding a bike is good for our health, the environment, and the economy. The United Nations passed a resolution unanimously on April 12, 2018. which started as a grassroots effort by Professor Leszek Sibilski and his sociology class in 2015.
National Best Friends Day is on June 8. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Friends help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one. They also encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise.” This one started in 1935 when our Congress decided “to devote a day each year in tribute to close friends.” It led to other nations and other days celebrating Friendship Day, Women’s Friendship Day and a week called “Old Friends, New Friends Week.” It’s a good time to reach out to your best friends and thank them for being there even if they are far away.
On June 24, the last Thursday of June, you can celebrate National Work from Home Day. Wait! What? Yeah, that’s probably not a big deal this year. We’ve been working from home in our casual attire or pajamas for many months now. But perhaps we’re just coming full cycle. Work used to be either in or around the home. On the farm, and from their home-based shops laundry got washed, shoes got made, furniture was built and food was grown to sell. Doctors came to you, not you to their office. Over time it shifted to more centralized locations for government functions, schools and commerce. During the Industrial Revolution, the creation of factories led the way to our now familiar office environments. Some folks still worked from home – musicians, writers, painters, for example, but most went somewhere else to work. But thanks to technology such as computers, mobile phones, the internet, and programs allowing folks to collaborate on work – work from home or teleworking was already trending before the pandemic. But because of COVID, the resistance to working from home is less and the trend has been accelerated. Perhaps in a few years we’ll celebrate National Work from the Office Day.
If you love the sea, then June 25 is the day for you. That is the “International Day of the Seafarer.” It celebrates sailors of all types from Coast Guards and Navies to fisherman, cruise ships, and day sailors. The first documented voyage was somewhere around 3200 BCE sponsored by an Egyptian Pharaoh. Today, “over 90 percent of global trade is done by sea.” It’s “the most cost-effective way to transport goods.” This day came from a resolution adopted at a 2010 Seafarers Convention. It was first celebrated in 2011. The easiest way to celebrate this day is to read a book or watch a movie about life at sea. I’m biased towards the U.S. Coast Guard, so I recommend the movies “The Finest Hours (2016),” “Deadliest Sea (2009)” or “Perfect Storm (2000).”