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The Origins of the Blue Fishing Day Suburban Legend
Once upon time, in a land far, far away called Pelion, there was a fair lady who spent her days educating some children of the townspeople. The bright teacher began to notice a peculiar pattern between the days when it appeared more children than normal were being mischievous, unruly, or exhibiting increased daydreaming. While discussing her observation with one of the schoolhouse elders, he entrusted her with the secret of the “fishing calendar”.
He and others before them had also noticed a pattern. Recognizing and acknowledging the behavior and regularity allowed them to then compare it to other markers of time, one of which was the calendar of conditions known to be favorable for fishing. There was a consistent correlation between the two. So the schoolhouse elder advised the fair teacher to acquire the means to regularly consult the calendar of fishing as a way to prepare for possible increased tomfoolery. The wise young woman not only did so but shared the knowledge with many in her circle.
Upon deeper reflection, the ancient tales of impish and insidious behavior during the days and nights of a full moon lend credence to the tale of behavior changes that correlate with the fishing calendar as the fishing calendar is derived from atmospheric factors and moon phases. Therefore it is not outlandish to believe that behavior would be noticeably different on the days notated on the calendar to be the “best for fishing” but their historically blue color designation. In recent years, many calendar makers have deviated to the color green. But traditionalists maintain the recognition of blue as the standard. And therein lies how the tale of the “Blue Fishing Days” came to be.
Now go forth with this knowledge as an added tool to your collection to decipher signs of change in the air so that you may be fully prepared to the best of your ability to handle anything coming your way along your path and journey.
The Origins of the Blue Fishing Day Suburban Legend (Translated)
Many years ago, my sister taught out in Pelion. She had noticed that two-ish times a month, there were more behavior issues, random crazy situations, etc. But they weren’t always on/super near the full moon. One day she was talking to one of the APs on a particularly nutty day, and he told her, “Must be a blue fishing day.” Which, understandably, made no sense. He told her to check the fishing calendar in the Farmers’ Almanac for the best days to fish, which at the time were coded blue. Those days were the wild, bizarre, you-gotta-be-kidding-me days.
Now, my sister and I, being the analytical types, got to thinking and tracking. And sure enough, blue fishing days are those days where … it’s wild. The kids are wild. Grown-ups are weird. Bizarre stuff pops up or happens. You know all those things that make you think, “It’s gotta be a full moon.” It’s not necessarily “bad”. It’s just … weird. And often exhausting.
While I haven’t done a full blown chart and such. If you think about it, it kinda actually makes sense. The fishing calendar is based on particular weather conditions, moon cycle, etc. Environmental factors can affect a number of things. Think of how joints hurt when a storm’s coming or a dog can sense all kinds of things. The full moon theory has been around for ages for good reason. And the blue fishing days tend to be on or super close to full moons and new moons.
So what’s the purpose of looking it up ahead of time or after? Well, if you look it up ahead of time, you can kinda mentally prepare that there’s a higher than normal chance that the kids (and adults) are gonna be a little tilted that day. Don’t go into the day with a cranky, Chicken Little, Eeyore attitude. That does no one any favors. Read the tips below on how to prepare and roll through it.
And the purpose after? I feel almost reassured when I look it up and confirm. Reminds me the world isn’t going to be that nutty all day, every day. But it is the 2020s so …. But seriously, I find some comfort or relief? In knowing it was a blue fishing day and tomorrow is NOT. It’s hard to explain.
I do need to clarify and update that the Farmers’ Almanac has since changed their colors for whatever reason. So if you look it up, look for the “best” days which are the nutty days. I will forever refer to them as blue fishing days. And now you can to.
So here we are, five or seven years after I first heard the tale. And I gotta say … more often than not, it’s accurate. Now there are days that I would swear are “blue fishing days” but aren’t. And vice versa. But most of the time, spot on. And now the practical advice …
5 Ways to Help Keep Your Cool with the Kids on Crazy Days
When it comes to kids, there’s no telling what might happen. No matter how much you love your kids, there will be times when they drive you crazy. One minute they’re behaving like angels, and the next they’re climbing on the furniture and shrieking at the top of their lungs. As a parent, it can be tough to keep your cool when everyone is out of sorts. When this happens, it’s important to keep your cool and find ways to deal with the situation. But don’t worry – here are five tips for dealing with difficult days.
Be Prepared When You Know It’s Going to Be a Crazy Day for your family.
When parents know their kids are likely to misbehave due to changes or disruptions to routine, planning ahead can help to minimize stress and create a calm parenting environment. By having a plan in place, parents can be better prepared for any potential challenges and ensure that everyone stays as organized as possible. This can include things like preparing snacks and meals in advance, having backup toys and activities ready to go, and setting simple rules for how the family will handle the disruption. By taking these steps, parents can help keep themselves and their children calm during a difficult time.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
As a parent, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed when your kids are acting wild. It’s important to remember to remain calm and let go of some of your expectations. Kids need room to express themselves, and if they’re not allowed to do so in a healthy way, they may take their frustrations out on you or others. Try not to take their behavior personally – it’s not about you, it’s about them needing to express themselves. By remaining calm and letting go of some expectations, you can help avoid unnecessary stress and create a calmer home environment for everyone.
It’s important to remember that not everything needs to be perfect and that some messes are ok.
Take a Break
One of the most important things that parents can do for themselves is to take a break for self-care. This means that, even when the kids are wild, parents should find ways to take care of themselves so they can better deal with whatever is going on. For some people, this might mean taking a walk or reading a book. For others, it might mean taking a hot bath or spending time with friends. The important thing is that parents find something that helps them relax and de-stress so they can approach parenting with a clear head.
Have back-up ideas and activities ready to go in case things don’t go as planned.
One of the most important things for a parent to have is a plan B. This means having back-up ideas and activities ready to go in case things don’t go as planned. For example, if your child is supposed to play outside but it’s raining, you’ll want to have some inside activities ready to go.
Being prepared for anything can help keep you calm during moments when things don’t go as planned. It’s also important to stay positive, even if things don’t work out the way you’d hoped. This will help set a good example for your children and make them feel more comfortable when things don’t go their way.
Finally, always remember that mistakes happen and it’s okay to laugh at them sometimes. This will help everyone stay relaxed and enjoy life a bit more.
Create a plan with your spouse of what the expectations are for both you and the kids.
Creating a plan with your spouse of what the expectations are for both you and the kids can help to promote calm parenting. This can be especially helpful when there are different ideas on how things should be done. By sitting down and discussing things ahead of time, it can help to avoid any potential conflict down the road. It’s also important that both parents are on the same page when it comes to discipline, rules, and expectations. When there is a clear understanding of what is expected from both parents, it can help to create a more harmonious home environment for the entire family.
You’ve got this!
Being a parent is hard, but it’s also one of the most rewarding jobs out there. No matter how crazy things get, remember to take a deep breath and keep calm. You can do this!