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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

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National Columnists' Day

Did you know that Monday, April 18th is National Columnists' Day? No? That's what I figured. Somehow, no one seems to be rushing out to buy flowers and candy for Columnists' Day. Somehow, no one even seems to know that such a day exists, especially since we have so many other things this year on April 18th, like the Pulitzer Prizes and income tax due day. It's hard for an obscure day to compete with better known and better celebrated events.

"Did you know that Monday is National Columnists' Day?" I asked my honey.

"National what?"

I tried to explain, but I could tell that he was more interested in what was on television. And it isn't even football season. Thank goodness. If it was football season he wouldn't even hear me ask.

"Did you know that Monday is National Columnists' Day?" I asked my daughter.

"Why is it so close to Easter?" My daughter asked.

"I don't know; Easter is late this year."

No bunny for Columnists' Day, no basket of goodies, no candy eggs, no anything, expect maybe a nod from a few columnists that remember. Mostly even columnists forget.

"Did you know that Monday is National Columnists' Day?" I asked my son.

"Really? That's great! Can we have lasagna?"

"Lasagna? What does that have to do with Columnists' Day?" My son likes lasagna even better than Garfield in the comics. Any excuse for making lasagna is a good enough for him.

"I have all the stuff already," he hinted, "the ricotta cheese, the mozzarella, the wide noodles, even the tomato sauce."

Somehow, I think we will be celebrating Lasagna Day this year, maybe even today.

I'll ask my grandson. He always learns about famous holidays in school. He will be excited about my day.

"Did you know that Monday is National Columnists Day?" I asked my grandson. But his face was glued to his iPad. He was in the middle of some kind of computer game. I don't think he heard me ask. Not that it matters, he doesn't like lasagna anyhow. He like spaghetti with marinara, and then only if the noodles are the thin kind.

Well, I have one person left, my granddaughter. She is six years old, old enough to start learning about holidays.

"Did you know that Monday is National Columnists Day?"

She squealed. Little girls always squeal. I don't know why.

"Oh, goody, she said. Can we make a cake with candles on it? What's a columnist, grandma?"

I guess I might as well give up. No one cares about National Columnists' Day.

National Columnists' Day is a day celebrated by columnists who enlighten, entertain, amuse, and inform their readers on a continuing basis. It is on April 18th because that is the day that the famous World War II correspondent and columnist, Ernie Pyle, died. It is not only to honor him, but to also honor all columnists everywhere.

I looked at the dog and asked, "Did you know that Monday is National Columnists' Day?" She looked at me quizzically, as if I were asking if she wanted a treat. "Silly, question," she thought in doggy thoughts. "I always want a treat."

"It's time for her to go to for a walk," my honey said, putting on her leash and taking her away. Just when I was about to get her to help me celebrate too.

The cat ran out of the room before I could even ask. I give up. I might as well go make lasagna and forget about April 18th. At least lasagna is appreciated around here.

I know, I'll ask my readers. They will know what a columnist is, and will not have to be bribed with lasagna.

So, readers, do you know that April 18th is National Columnists' Day?  Please don't all write at once to wish me a happy day.

Copyright 2011 Sheila Moss


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