October 19, 2013

National Sweetest Day

“The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or 'sweetness.'" - Marion Woodman

It's National Sweetest Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the third Saturday of October each year.)

The most widely believed explanation for today is that sometime in the early 1920's during the Great Depression a Cleveland, Ohio man by the name of Herbert Birch Kingston decided he wanted to set apart one day a year to bring joy to those who may consider themselves "forgotten" or unloved, like shut-ins, hospital patients, the elderly, orphans, or even the under-privileged. So, the philanthropist with a sweet tooth brought these people a gift of candy. The day became known as the "Sweetest Day", and quickly caught on as a way to remember others with a small act of kindness or helpfulness. While it's mostly known and recognized in the Great Lakes Region, there are some other places throughout the country who also celebrate it, too.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Random acts of kindness can be beautiful. Perhaps today you could pay for the person behind in line at the grocer or the coffee shop. Or maybe even fill a couple bags full of non-perishable items and bring them to your local food shelter. Know someone in your life who just needs a break? Take them out for a doughnut, a warm meal, or cook for them instead. There are lots of ways to carry on meaning of today!

Happy National Sweetest Day!