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Choosing what to celebrate

Thursday, Aug. 30, is an interesting day, in my opinion.

I’ll be at work, so I can’t celebrate National Beach Day. It was an observation created in 2014 to encourage the cleaning up of beaches worldwide — and their enjoyment, of course. My niece works on and lives very close to the beaches of Orange Beach, so whether at work or on an off day, she’s got this one covered.

ButThursday is also National Holistic Pet Day — a day designated to address the whole health of your pet’s body, mind and spirit. So this evening I’ll be petting my goldfish more, taking them for walks and having deep philosophical discussions on the limitations of a 26-gallon aquarium.

It’s National Toasted Marshmallow Day because, why not? Marshmallows are thought to have originated around 2,000 BC in ancient Egypt. The root of the mallow plant, grown in marshes, was ground and mixed with sugar for medicinal purposes. But it was also a somewhat-tasty treat. I wonder when the first one was toasted?

I can observe Frankenstein DayThursday evening by re-reading Mary Shelley’s classic novel or some of her other works. Or I can watch the classic Boris Karloff film “Frankenstein.” There are plenty of other films based on the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his “monster,” as well. I guess I could just walk around stiff legged and grunting, like any other day.

But what I plan to do is celebrate an anniversary. There are several from which to choose. It’s the 25th anniversary of the premier of “Late Show with David Letterman,” with Billy Joel and Bill Murray as the first guests. It’s the 1948th anniversary of the destruction of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem by Roman commander Titus. It’s also the 15th anniversary of the death of actor Charles Bronson.

OK. Probably won’t choose any of those.

I will, instead, celebrate being married to my best friend for four years now. We met and became friends 29 years ago, went our separate ways, got married to others and had wonderful children, then were blessed to be reintroduced a few years ago.

So I won’t waste time with any other observance, though they may be important to others. The most important person in my life remains the most important today. So I’m grateful to be able to tell her I love her once again.

I love you, Donna. Thanks for the beginning of a lifetime together.

Let’s watch “Frankenstein.”

Lifestyles editor Brett Campbell can be reached at brett.campbell@dailyleader.com.