Friday, November 2, 2012

Sadie Hawkins Day

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By Diane Forrest

Have you ever considered how lucky you are to have ever gone on a date, gotten a kiss, even married?  The courage it takes to make that first contact is overwhelming!  I have been reading some recent articles about how to meet people, and how to ask for phone numbers, or dates, where to meet people.  Even with all the modern technology in the world it still requires someone to take the first step.  When I was growing up, I was forbidden to call a boy.  That is just something a girl didn't do.  We were just supposed to sit by the phone and dream that at any minute it would ring, and it would be your true love on the other end.

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Today with the use of non-published phone numbers, and cell phones a person is required to ask for contact information, and that can be terrifying for some guys.  So much so that the opportunity may be lost if the courage isn’t summoned.  Ladies have no fear, today is your lucky day.  Today is Sadie Hawkins day.  The day when it is perfectly acceptable, even expected for you to make the first move.  Sadie Hawkins was a fictional character in a cartoon strip called Lil' Abner.  Andy Capp, the author of the strip from 1934-1978, wrote about a hillbilly town called Dogpatch,  that had several residents, one named Sadie Hawkins. She was declared the "homeliest gal in all them hills" .  When she had reached the age of 35, she was still unmarried and her father worried that she would remain a spinster and live with him for the rest of her life.  This thought worried him, so he devised a plan.  In desperation, he called together all the unmarried men of Dogpatch and declared it "Sadie Hawkins Day". Specifically, a foot race was decreed, with Sadie in hot pursuit of the town's eligible bachelors—and matrimony as the consequence. If a woman caught a bachelor and dragged him, kicking and screaming, across the finish line before sundown—by law he had to marry her.  This race first appeared in the comic strip in 1937, by 1939 it was so popular that it was being practiced at college campuses all across the nation.  It was a day for women to ask me out for a date, which was unheard of in 1939.
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Today is Sadie Hawkins if you are single, get the nerve up and ask a man out on a date, or just get the nerve up to ask him for his phone number.  You never know…could be the start of something great!

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