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  • Writer's picturePaula Wesselmann

Silly Days In July

As I was thinking about what I would like to write about for the month of July, I came across the silly days of this month, and I couldn’t help smiling at the thoughts that popped into my head.

July 1st – International Joke Day. My father was a humorist and as I grew up, I was filled with wit and laughter. He would often quote Victor Borge – a Danish-American comedian. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Another comedian we liked was Flip Wilson. We loved watching him on the Carson Tonight Show and hearing his famous catchphrases like, “The Devil made me do it. When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re not, you’re not. What you see is what you get.” Flip Wilson took the reality of life and made us all laugh at what we were silently thinking. All right, now for two silly jokes.

  1. Why did the golfer bring two pairs of pants? (In case he got a hole-in-one.)

  2. What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? (Frostbite.)

July 4th – Sidewalk Egg Frying Day. Have you ever tried it? I did while living in Tucson, Arizona. On a hot summer day, I fried several eggs. What a mess to clean up from the concrete, and if I’m being honest, they didn’t fully cook, but here’s a secret, they fry beautifully on the hood of a car.

July 6th – National Fried Chicken Day. There are so many fried chicken recipes, and the flavor depends on what part of the country you are visiting or living in. My mother had a gift for cooking, and in my mind, her fried chicken was the best. Her secret ingredient is one we have all heard of – love. Now if you want to add something more tangible, the Asians believe the combination of flour with cornstarch produces the crispiest result. In the South, I’ve heard the trick is a sprinkling of baking powder. It will get you the crispiest, crackliest bites ever.

July 14th – National Nude Day. This day makes me smile when I remember the surprise on my husband’s face when we were walking the white sands of Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean and unexpectedly entered a nude beach section. When we left the area, we both remembered actor, Peter Sellers at a nudist colony in the movie, A Shot in The Dark. Once again humor added to a simple pleasure of life creates laughter.

July 29th – National Lasagna Day. Lasagna made its debut during the Middle Ages in Naples, Italy in the 14th century. This comforting food was introduced to the Italians in the middle of the Black Plague. It wasn’t until the 19th century that it hit the shores of America, and what pleasure it has created across this country. Many Italians make lasagna as part of their holiday traditions, which is a favorite on Christmas Eve. Lasagne’s history wouldn’t be complete without variety throughout the regions of Italy. It varies with different doughs and sauces. As much as I love lasagna there is one recipe, I don’t think I will try. It is made in the beautiful Italian region of Piedmont and specializes in lasagna al Sangue. This translates to “bloody lasague” due to the addition of blood from a slaughtered pig.

May the Silly Days in July give you the gift of laughter and a robust, happy life.

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