I read on Facebook that this Saturday is National Porching Day. I was intrigued. In a world where most of us have too much to do, sitting around on a porch is relaxing. I’ve found porches are also great for social connection. On my porch, people seem less inclined to engage with their technology and more inclined to talk. So I was going to write a post all about my approval of National Porching Day.
Alas, it was not to be. I looked on nationaldaycalendar.com and could find no mention of a National Porching Day. I think it might have been a scheme to sell porch furniture. That just goes to show that Abraham Lincoln was right, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.
I did find plenty of other intriguing national days. I had no idea the extent of days set aside to celebrate random objects, careers and desserts. Yes, desserts. Did you know that there is a National Chocolate Parfait Day (May 1)? Or Apple Pie Day or Cherry Cobbler Day or Devil’s Food Cake Day? There are days for vanilla pudding, blueberry cheesecake, and grape popsicles. May, it seems, is especially full of dessert days. Food bloggers will find a treasure trove of food celebrations to inspire blog posts.
There are also some national days I found questionable. I don’t know about you, but I recently missed National Dance Like a Chicken Day (May 14th). I also failed to participate in National Packaging Design Day (May 7). In all my year in schools, I do not recall participating in National Different Colored Shoes Day (May 3rd) though I did once wear one black shoe and one navy shoe by accident. Interestingly enough, you can follow wearing crazy shoes with National Lost Sock Memorial Day. Really.
I did find a couple of national days that I might want to celebrate. National Wine Day is May 25th, the same day as National Tap Dance Day. I would have to drink a lot of wine before I could participate in tap dancing. The wine part would be good, the tap dancing, embarrassing.
Ever the sleuth (I was raised on that titian haired teen detective Nancy Drew), I did some more digging about Porching Day. I found nothing about a national celebration, but did get quite an education from urbandictionary.com.
Porching, the website declared, is a Friday afternoon outdoor gathering to celebrate what is best about America, the world and life. Who wouldn’t love that? I love porching!
I should have quit while I was ahead.
Porching, it seems, also has a less savory side. One definition of porching is taking old, unwanted, or stolen merchandise, climbing up to the highest level of a house or apartment and throwing it off of a porch or roof.
If throwing stolen merchandise off a roof is too dull, a verb form of the term porching is to pick up someone’s unwanted items from the curb and place them on a random person’s porch. You might also participate in the kind of porching which is chillin’ on a complete stranger’s porch, with or without engaging in sex. Most of these porching activities are fueled by excessive alcohol- no doubt due to National Alcohol Consumption Day.
I still like the idea of porching, but I will probably stick to relaxing on the porch with friends and a cold beverage. Unless it is August 8, my new personal favorite National Day. Yes, I now have a favorite weird holiday- it’s National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Look out, my bumper crop and I are headed your way!
What is your favorite wacky day to celebrate? Life is short, and celebrating everyday is not a bad way to live. I hope you are having fun!