A few dark and dreary Januarys ago cabin fever drove me to look for a reason to celebrate. I ran across a list of unusual holidays including one for the 12th called “National Wildman Day” which piqued my interest. I couldn’t find much information on it, but being creative, it was probably better that way.
In my mind, Wildman Day fits perfectly in January which is also National Hobby Month, National Eye Health Care Month, Celebration of Life Month, and It’s OK to be Different Month. My Wildman has been my most enduring hobby, is pleasing to my eyes, a reason to celebrate life, and yes, he’s different all right, but it’s OK because it's one of the many reasons I love him.
That year, as every year in January I came down with the Experimental Cooking Bug. Since my Wildman loves to eat it's a perfect match! I browsed through a stack of cookbooks and chose a menu of new recipes as well as tried and true favorites.I lit the fireplace, decorated the dining room with outdoorsy stuff, and set the table with candles and a written menu.
Asparagus and Horseradish Cheese Bobs
French Onion Soup
Oven Fried Rabbit
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Rich and Creamy Hot Chocolate
Apple Graham Bites
A Kiss from the Cook
When my Wildman opened the door after spending all day tramping around in the snow and cold, he was welcomed by delicious smells of the hot specialty foods. It was a true Wildman's Feast.
One of the joys of this holiday is that it is so little known that you can move the date and no one cares. Why don’t you have your own Wildman Feast Day this week? I’m sure your Wildman will love a meal personalized just for him.
If you need another reason to take advantage of Wildman’s Day, you can mark it up to January the month to Reach Your Potential or to Stay Healthy In Your Marriage (italicized words added by me). In the event you are vampires or your marriage is such that fixing a special meal seems like a great sacrifice, remember it's also Blood Donor Month.