Of Past and Present Joys

This week’s eNewsletter feature story
Is written by Julie Ruchniewicz,
FPCE Parish Nurse


Spring has two things in common, spring cleaning and Nurses Week. The ritual of spring cleaning has been traced back to the Iranian Nowruz (the Persian new year) which falls on the first day of spring. It is traditional to clean the house thoroughly either right before or during the first week of Great Lent, which is sometimes referred to as Clean Week.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation making May 6,1982, National Recognition Day for Nurses. In 1993 the American Nurses Association Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long event, permanently making May 6-12 National Nurses Week.
Not to miss out on the respected spring cleaning tradition, I was going through some things in our basement recently, deciding what I could recycle, donate or throw away. I came upon a manilla file folder and I pulled out some old newspaper clippings, letters and pictures.