Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Do Boys Get A Day

Today is International Day of the Girl.  It happens every year on October 11.  I know about things like this because I’m a girl, and because everybody is making a superly humongous deal about today being International Day of the Girl.

In March, there’s this other International Day and it’s for women.  It happens every year on March 8.  I know about things like this because someday I’m going to be a grown-up, and because everybody makes a superly humongous deal about March 8 being International Women’s Day.

There’s even International Men’s Day and it’s for men.  It happens every year on November 19.  I know about things like this because it’s important to know if there’s a day just for men if there’s a day just for women.  And I know that the people of the International Men’s Day website say that November 19 is a day for men and for boys.

But that makes zero zip sense.  If it did, there wouldn’t have to be a International Day of the Girl because International Women’s Day would be a day for women and for girls.

But it’s not.

There’s even a International Children’s Day and it’s for children.  It happens every year on June 1.  I know about things like this because who doesn’t like kids and who doesn’t like celebrations?  I know, right?  So grown-ups came up with a International Children’s Day to celebrate every year.

So that means that women and men have special days, and girls have a special day, but boys don’t have any special day.  They have zero zip nada nothing to celebrate being a boy.  And no, you can’t say they have their special day on June 1 because that’s a International Day they have to share with girls so it’s not like having their very own celebrating day.

My brother Aaron and me, we had a really long discussion about this because he used to be a boy and now he’s a man (mostly he’s my brother, but he’s 20 so he’s also a grown-up).  He said that if there was a International Day of the Boy, would that mean there would have to be other days for people that are transgender.  I said no because those days are for people that say they are boys or girls or men or women so there would for sure be a special day every year for them that wasn’t their birthday.

Then Aaron told me that some people say they aren’t either and other people say they’re both.  I said if they’re both, they can celebrate two special days every year on top of their birthdays.  But I’m kind of thinking that no one can be not a boy and not a girl because if you cancel out the boy and the girl option, there isn’t anything left to pick from so I think people that aren’t either should celebrate like the people that are both in case something happens later on and they find out they’re a boy or a girl or both.

But you know what I think should really happen?  I think maybe there shouldn’t be a International Women’s Day or a International Men’s Day or a International Day of the Girl or a International Day of the Boy.  I think there should be a International WHO YOU ARE Day where people celebrate who they are instead of if they’re a boy or a girl or a man or a woman.

I even got Aaron to help me pick out a day for International WHO YOU ARE Day, and then I asked him to make a banner up for me.  I think I’m even going to start a movement on Facebook because it’s important to know WHO YOU ARE … probably more important than knowing if you think you’re a boy or a girl or a man or a woman.

The day for International WHO YOU ARE Day is July 18 so if you start telling people about it now, by the time it’s International WHO YOU ARE Day next year, everyone is going to celebrate it.   Isn’t that great?

UPDATE FROM MISSY BARRETT: 

I made a Facebook Event Page for International Who You Are Day and you can find it here
https://www.facebook.com/events/1528507787211085
Click GOING or INTERESTED on this page and then invite all your friends to this event.
Stand up and be proud to show people who you are!

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Once In A Lifetime Events

So in the middle of the night, Sali Dali Cat was in my bedroom making a whole lot of noise because sometimes cats just do that for no reason at all.  Sometimes it’s for a reason so when my cat woke me up, I figured I should check to see if maybe mom forgot to fill up the water dish for Sali Dali Cat and Oreo Speedwagon before she went to bed.  So I got up, put on my house-coat, and went downstairs to the kitchen to check.  It was superly late (I know because the clock on the stove said it was 2:35 in the morning) and really dark out.

I just finished putting fresh water in the water dish for the kitty cats (mostly because if I was already up I figured I should just do that so it was nice and cold for them in case they needed a drink) when Aaron came home.  Sometimes on Friday nights, him and his friends go out together and he gets to be the destination driver.  He doesn’t drink alcohol or beer when he goes out with his friends, so that makes him the destination driver because he makes sure they get back home safe and sound with zero zip car accidents.

Anyway, he said, “Hey Missy!  How come you’re up so late?” and I told him about Sali Dali Cat bugging me awake.  Then he said, “How about we go out on the back porch and look at the stars?” and I said okay because I was thinking maybe he wanted to talk about something important before going to bed.  Maybe he met this really cute girl when he was out and he wanted me to be the first to know about it.  So we went out on the back porch.

We were just kind of standing around, staring at the sky, when all of a sudden I saw this bright streak of light go across the sky.  It was blue with a orange tail and a little light yellow and white around it.  It didn’t last long.  Just kind of blink-of-an-eye fast and it was gone.

“Woah!  Did you see that?” Aaron said.

“That was beautiful!” I said.

“That was a fireball.”

“A fireball?”

“That’s what astronomers call a really bright meteor,” Aaron explained, “and Missy, they’re so rare that the chances of seeing one is like once in a lifetime.”

“No way!”  I was so excited.  Here it was the middle of the night and I was awake when I’m usually asleep, and me and my big brother got to see the same once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor shooting across our backyard, and it was all because Sali Dali Cat woke me up and I listened.  Maybe Sali Dali Cat didn’t want any water.  Maybe he woke me up because he had a feeling that there was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor streaking across the sky in our backyard, and he didn’t want me to miss it.  I just love that cat so much!

After we saw the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor in our backyard, Aaron and me, we went to bed  (well, Aaron went to bed, and I went back to bed).  When Aaron got up, he checked online to see if we really did see a once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor.  First Aaron put all kinds of information on the page asking about what we saw on the back porch.  Then after that, the information went into their database.  Here’s what the website said about the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor.

Aaron even got a special number to go along with the report he made about it, and that means we can check the website and see what else is going on with the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor.  I cannot get over how special this is.  When I called my Grandpa Barrett and told him about it,  he was really impressed (mostly because he’s a science kind of grandpa), and when I called my Grandpa Two Rivers and told him about it, he was really impressed (mostly because he’s a nature kind of grandpa).  So everybody’s impressed and they should be.

I kind of wish I could’ve taken a picture of the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor but even if I had my camera with me, I never would’ve been fast enough to take a picture of it.  That’s how fast those once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteors are!

I wonder if Pluto or Jupiter were watching Earth and saw the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor, too.  Wouldn’t it be neat to find out that me and Aaron and my two favorite planets saw the same thing at the same time?

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