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June is the month for dads and grads. It’s also known for National Gardening Week, National Fishing and Boating Week, and Great Outdoors Month, and that’s where most folks are clamoring to be in June—outdoors, especially for gardening, barbecues with dads and grads, and family reunions.
by Sylvia Ford-George
June is for celebrating dads and grads, family and reunions, and so much more including: Juneteenth, commemorating the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery. Loving Day, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision on Loving v. Virginia striking down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states. And World Refugee Day on June 20, raising public awareness about refugee's situations throughout the world.
June arrives spreading opportunity for much needed kindness, compassion, humanity, charity and civility—and isn’t that what we hope to foster in our children, families, and at our reunions? June also observes World Environment Day, Great Outdoors Month, Say Something Nice Day, Let It Go Day, and so much more. Check out our full list of June holidays and hand-picked observances in FAMILY TiME.
Speaking of reunions, this month’s STICKY REUNION SITUATION deals with doggie bags at the reunion. The REUNION TIP OF THE MONTH is all about communicating more effectively. And we’re repeating last year’s WORTH REPEATING FOR GRADS, GRADUATION FUN FACTS and GRADUATION POEM.
Father’s Day may be June 16th, but many dads are dads 24/7, 365 days a year. Dads are used to unwrapping ties, and tools, and cologne on their special day. However, we know that being in dad’s presence is worth so much more than any present we can buy. For dad’s day we’ll share some info about dad in THE FAMILY and start a new post—ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)—where we’ll share inspiring stories to encourage our families, family members, and reunions. When you see them, let us know what you think.
Dads are an important part of our family structure. Let’s do our best not to take them for granted. Let’s embrace, hold, encourage, and cheer them on. And if our own dad is not around to be part of that, find a family dad who can stand in the gap. Here’s wishing you and your family a June full of dads & grads, family & fun, family reunions & outings, and safe and healthy gatherings.
New This Month:
- The Family
- Family Time
- Reunion Tip of The Month
- Sticky Reunion Situation
- Worth Repeating for Grads
- Graduation Fun Facts
- Graduation Poem
June photos courtesy of Yahoo images.
Graduation Fun Facts were found here:
REUNION TIP OF THE MONTH
June is effective communications month. And while you’re preparing for your upcoming reunion (or planning to spend time with individual family members), discuss what it will take to get folks off their cellphones, so you can have real and meaningful face-to-face time and conversations when you’re together.
FUN FACTS about GRADUATION
The longstanding tradition of graduates dressing in long gowns, known as a full academic regalia or dress, formed nearly 700 years ago when the early universities were still beginning to be formed in Europe. Buildings were not heated, so the long hooded gowns were worn by scholars to keep warm. Later on, gowns were made the official dress of academics to prevent excessive apparel.
Tossing of the Cap
Graduates tossing their caps in the air, originated during a Naval Academy ceremony in 1912, when students of the academy graduated and were no longer commissioned to wear their caps. Throwing them in the air symbolized completion.
As graduates walk across the stage, “Pomp and Circumstance” often plays in the background, however the well-known graduation theme song was not created for this occasion. Twentieth-century composer Edward Elgar wrote it for King Edward VII in 1901. When Elgar received an honorary doctorate from Yale in 1905, the song played in the background and made a major impression. It has been played during graduations thereafter.
Turning of the Tassel
The use of a tassel adorning a graduation cap only started in the last 40 to 50 years. The tassel was originally designed to decorate the graduates cap during the ceremony but it has come to have symbolism as well. The gesture of moving the tassel from one side of the cap to the other symbolizes the individual’s movement from candidate to graduate. Prior to the ceremony the tassel is expected to be worn on the right. During the ceremony it should be moved to the left side after students receive their diploma.
STICKY REUNION SITUATION
I'm almost too embarrassed to send this in, but because I know other families have the same issue, I want to know how do you stop folks from coming to reunion events with baggies, aluminum foil, and Tupperware to take food that they didn't pay for or help get or prepare? Especially when they start bagging food before the event is over?
CELEBRATING DADS & GRADS
ALWAYS BE A STUDENT
Keep on learning
Though your graduation's done,
Your whole life's an education
That has only just begun.
Your diploma is the first big step,
For knowledge is the special key
To winning what you want in life
And being who you want to be.
If you'll always be a student,
You'll find the secrets to success
And travel on the golden road
To peace and happiness.
...by Joanna Fuchs
WORTH REPEATING...for the Graduates
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. - B.B. King
Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. - Arthur Ashe
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. - Steve Jobs
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. - Dr. Seuss
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. - Anthony Robbins
To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States. - George W. Bush
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. - Milton Berle
Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. - Maya Angelou
Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets. - Leonardo da Vinci