WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT.
This will never happen again this century. 12/12/12! I have seen people call it Terry Bradshaw day. Or Aaron Rogers day. But itâ€™s really Bonza Botler dayâ€¦squared.
When Anne Peck was in college, she had a classmate named Elaine Freemont, who loved holidays. She probably liked them even more than Hallmark. She liked them so much, she invented twelve of them. 1|1, 2|2, 3|3, 4|4, 5|5. 6|6, 7|7, 8|8, 9|9, 10|10, 11|11, and 12|12. Every time the month and date were the same number, Elaine called it Bonza Bottler day. In fact, there is a bit of a cult following for Bonza Bottler.
Now, one complicating factor is that a couple of these days were already holidays. February 2 is Groundhog Day. February 2 is Groundhog Day. February 2 is Groundhog Day. And May 5 is Cinco de Mayo (which is Spanish for â€¦ May 5). I doubt this would have mattered much to Elaine. She probably would have celebrated these just like all the others (and would have skipped the Margaritas on 5|5). But it does erode the claim of originality a bit. But only a bit.
Elaine was a happy lady, and her idea was that we should seek out (or invent) reasons to celebrate. Her vision included friendship, joy, goofiness, quippinessâ€¦but it excluded artificial celebratory aids (such as alcohol).
These last twelve years, we have enjoyed annual Bonza Bonza Bottler days. 1|1|1 - 12|12|12. Month, day, and year. Thatâ€™s it for this century. Sadly, Elaine celebrated these double bonzas from heaven. She was killed (perhaps ironically) by a drunk driver back in the 1990s. I am certain she would have loved the double doses of bottler.
In any case, this is your last chance. 12|12|12. It is likely that anyone old enough to read this will be around for 1|1|2101. Soâ€¦
Make a funny face.
Hug someone who seems not to like hugs (but you know in your heart that they want one).
Wear things that donâ€™t match. Like, not even close.
Stand on one foot (one of yours).
Stand on one foot (someone elseâ€™sâ€¦but not too hard).
Get giggly over stuff that would only be funny today.
Sip a cup of tea with your pinky up.
A pinky raised to saluteâ€¦
12|12|12â€¦Bonza Bottler Bottler. And our dear sister, Elaine