June 18, 2021 – National Splurge Day | National Go Fishing Day

Some First Ladies Have A Reputation For Being Big Spenders!

Welcome to June 18th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate big spenders and relaxing hobbies. 

When President Lincoln was elected to office in 1860, many people viewed him as less than sophisticated because he wasn’t from a big city. In order to make a good impression, his wife Mary Todd upgraded her wardrobe by purchasing new clothes. Lots of them. Throughout their time in office, this earned the First Lady a reputation for being a big spender. But it wasn’t simply gowns that she purchased. Mary Todd also spent a considerable amount of money on redecorating the White House, managing to go over budget by $6,000. Which would be the equivalent of nearly $200k today. She certainly managed to make the First Family “look the part.” On National Splurge Day, go ahead and treat yourself, and remember: there’s no need to keep up with the Jones’s or Lincolns. 

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish… and you can expect him to disappear for hours on end.”  No, that’s not how the proverb goes, but anyone who has ever stood on the water’s edge with a fishing rod in hand knows it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.  Sure, some people take fishing very seriously and won’t be content unless they reel in “the big one.”  But plenty of folks are happy to patiently wait for a tug at the end of their line, while enjoying the peace of the great outdoors. Bragging about the one that got away is optional.  Today is the perfect excuse to get outside and cast a line.  On National Go Fishing Day, cast your cares aside too as you head on down to the old fishing hole.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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