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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • National Old Maids Day

  • I was out of ideas for today so in turning the world-wide web, this is what I discovered. A little fun history on a term from years past.
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  • I was out of ideas for today so in turning the world-wide web, this is what I discovered. A little fun history on a term from years past.
     
    Every year on June 4, it is National Old Maids Day.
     
    “Old Maid” refers to an older, childless woman who has never been married.
     
    Now-a-days, being a single, unmarried, woman is not looked upon as a “bad thing.” Some women choose to focus on careers and their lives, postponing marriage and child bearing until later in life and some choose to always remain single, independent and self sufficient. However, years ago being unmarried and childless was very much frowned upon and these women were referred to as “old maids” or “spinsters”, which was a degrading term.
     
    Today, in celebration of National Old Maids Day, get together with a group of your friends and play an “Old Maids” card game or bake a tasty “Old Maid’s Vinegar Pie” or a delicious “Old Maid Cake” found at: http://www.alanskitchen.com/Cowboy/Recipes/Dessert/026-050/034_Dessert_Cowboy_Recipe.htm, or http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/old-maid-cake-10000000223207/. Both recipes look very interesting and tasty.
     
    Happy National Old Maids Day. (maybe eat a bowl of popcorn, but don’t eat all the… “old maids!”)
     
    National Old Maids Day History, research indicates that it is believed that Old Maids Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, began after the end of World War II. At that time, as many soldiers were returning home from war and getting married, there were many single ladies that were not so lucky to have a soldier returning to them. This information was brought to you courtesy of the web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_maid.
     
    Thought for the week: Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush - it can color any situation. – Loring Forcier.
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