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Just a Thought - An abundance of awareness
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The United State is very prolific at creating “national month” events. 

Each month has an abundance of events to recognize and some are slightly ridiculous – take National Asparagus Month, National Egg Month, National Chocolate Custard Month, National Barbeque Month, National Hamburger Month, National Salad Month, National Salsa Month, National Strawberry Month, and Sweet Vidalia Onions Month. If you wondering, all those are in May. 

I’ll definitely eat my fair share of eggs, even if it’s not in recognition. At minimum, I’ll probably eat 62 in May due to it having 31 days. Those are usually scrambled in the morning with a sprinkle of parmesan (delicious). If not, they’re boiled and eaten later in the day. 

Also on the menu for May: Salad, double check. Strawberry, check. Salsa, check. Hamburger, tentative check. I absolutely will not eat asparagus. Never going to happen. I do not like the adverse reaction my body has to it. 

May is also National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month. I definitely have allergies, but I covered that in a recent column. 

It is also the very serious Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, Borderline Personality Disorder Month, National Mental Health Month, Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month, National Arthritis Month, National Osteoporosis Prevention Month, National Hepatitis Awareness Month, National Lyme Disease Month, and National High Blood Pressure Month.

I’m fully aware of the last event. I’ve had blood pressure issues since I was in my 40s. It’s more under control now that I’ve lost weight. However, it’s still something I have to keep an eye on. I veto adding salt to anything. While they are delicious, I avoid eating salt-laced potato chips.

May is also Healthy Vision Month, so get your eyes checked. My peepers are doing well. 

It’s also National Foster Care Month. Being a foster parent sounds a like a very rewarding endeavor. I’ve not tried it myself, but I’ve often thought about it. Maybe someday when I’m an empty nester. At this time, my nest is full. I like to think of it as mom’s cute little bed and breakfast. I’ve signed notes before with “Thank you, management.” It’s hilarious, but I might be the only one who thinks so. 

Dear to my heart and worth mentioning, May is Women’s Health Care Month. Women have a tendency to take care of everything and others, but not themselves. Those that have a tendency to do that need to realize their own importance. If you’re not healthy, you can’t continue to take care of everything.

May is also National Share a Story Month. Here’s an unlisted, but very important, recognition. My daughter’s birthday is in May. She will be 27 years old, and she is one of my greatest accomplishments. 

I’ve probably missed something for May. If I did, I do apologize.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.