September 22, 2020 – National Centenarian’s Day | Hobbit Day”

How Many Centenarian’s Do You Know? And Do Any Of Them Have Hairy Feet?

Welcome to September 22, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate living history and small heroes with hairy feet.

If you have made it to 100 years old, congratulations!  Today we celebrate you on National Centenarian’s Day.  In the United States alone, there are estimated to be nearly 72,000 centenarians. The youngest of those were born after the end of World War I and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. They represent a living history full of tales not found in books and their stories animate and compliment what we already know. I have always had friends that were decades older than me and maybe it’s because I appreciate just that.  One of my dearest friends lived to be 104 and her stories about living through WWII still stick with me today.  On National Centenarian’s Day, count yourself lucky if someone you love can share stories that bring history to life from their very own past.

In the early 1930s, J.R.R. Tolkien created the greatest fantasy epic of all time. There were dragons, goblins, and wizards but at the heart of his stories were Hobbits. Bilbo and Frodo Baggins each helped save Middle Earth, but neither was anything special. They were ordinary folk like you and me, who got caught up in something far bigger than themselves. These small creatures are meant to be stand-ins for the regular guy, and to be examples of how people can grow beyond their comfortable lives when they take risks. On Hobbit Day, you may not slay a dragon, but you can step outside your comfort zone to make a difference. And there’s still time in the day for “second breakfast.” 

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