MESSY CANVAS, ImagineNation, June 2—I woke up seeing a photo on Instagram of a waxy chocolate donut getting dunked, accompanied with the caption that it was National Donut Day. But wait, I could have sworn there was a National Donut Day during the school year. Weren't my students and one teacher, in particular, telling me about it? How many official days of donut eating do we have?
So I looked it up and found this post, which confirmed my memory that November 5 had been a donut day. As I was reading about the original National Donut Day (the first Friday in June) that started during World War I in 1938 (which by the way, OH MY GAWD, I've been obsessed with the 1930's lately and of course, there is that decade showing up again!) I was struck by this phrase:
The words "boost morale" and "win the war" were most intriguing to me, because as you may know from my reassurance post, what I am most delighted with as an artist is finding ways to be okay. And here, dripping with an icy glaze, was proof that with a little bit of ingenuity, you could in fact boost morale with a bit of circular dough.
It's an example of Artist as Magician at its finest - because what those Dough Lassies did was make magic when the Real World was in a pretty morose state.
So, to use the Dough Lassies inspiration to our benefit, while eating on your delectable donut consider two things:
- What is my war? That is, what am I battling against or what am I fighting for? (This just so happens to be a prompt in the Wrinkle In Time Make Belief Starter too!)
- What could I create that would help boost my morale? (It doesn't have to be food related, but in the spirit of pastries, here is an example of when I boosted my morale by making Parisian Chocolate Fondant.)
The Huffington Post article goes on to talk about the November 5 holiday, and how it was probably made up by a food writer, along with several other food holidays. At first I thought, "Booooo, a made-up holiday that is a copy of the original and with no great story behind it." But then it was this sentence that changed my mind:
In this context I immediately thought of the book I'm In Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor, which I am forever grateful to Mara Glatzel for telling me about. This is a book all about celebrating what you want when you want. May the Fourth?! Why not? A second National Donut Day about 6 months after the first? Geez, twist my arm. And I decided that I could get behind a made up holiday simply because I am a cheerleader for the spirit behind made-up things.
This particular National Donut Day and my research for this op-ed jelly-filled journalistic story led me to a curiouser and curiouser White Rabbit exploration of: