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Joan Ritchie's editorial from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express
Editorial by Joan Ritchie

Sometimes you just have to smile at this whacky world and what people deem important to celebrate.  

As June is deemed “Effective Communications Month,” it’s vitally important to remember to effectively communicate matters such as June also being “Fight the Filthy Fly Month.” It’s about this time of the year that these annoying pests need to be reckoned with, with swatters and zappers and sprays of all kinds. They are sneaky 'buggers' too, finding their way into bedrooms as buzz kills, as they perform ’touch and go’s’ on the landing strips of our noses.    

Of course, June wouldn’t be the same without celebrating it as Candy Month, Dairy Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, National Iced Tea Month and Turkey Lovers Month. No summer day would be complete without these “cheesy” notables and the freshtastic fruits and vegetables that are readily available now. Did you know that our local Farmer’s Market is now open on Saturdays on Langdon Cres. and there's another option checking out the Wakamow Valley Farmer's Market that was a big hit during its initial opening.  Fresh and homemade, that's what it's all about!

For those with a sweet tooth, I expect that every month is Candy Month, but I was a little surprised to take note that this is also “Turkey Lovers Month.” I wonder if they mean, loving turkey as a protein or just taking pleasure in turkeys? Although turkey is big from October to December, I guess another month to celebrate it is ok with me.  

Isn’t June the month that families transition from drinking hot tea to iced tea? Of course, there’s nothing more refreshing than having a glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day. I personally love to make my own with fresh mint brewed with green tea, fresh lemon slices and honey, and then chilled to perfection. Sip on that for a minute!

As the month of June has always been noted as wedding month, it is no surprise that roses have a special mention, too. 

For Moose Jaw Express, our regular columnist Joyce Walter will be ecstatic to note that her beloved accordion has garnered special mention as June being “National Accordion Awareness Month.” I wonder if Joyce tickles her accordion keys often and if so, maybe she would consider dazzling us with her skillful mastery of the instrument if ever given the chance during one of our office socials sometime in the future.  

And now is also the time to think about adopting a cat during “National Adopt a Cat Month.” In Moose Jaw, SCRAPS is always looking for good homes for kitties, as this special organization tends to Moose Jaw’s feral population throughout the year. There’s the Humane Society too, that would be more than pleased to find a forever home for our furry friends today and everyday.  

If none of these are worthy of your consideration, I would suggest setting a day aside to celebrate whatever you want because the possibilities are limitless. Every day should be a celebration!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.