Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Ever wonder how International Talk Like A Pirate Day came to be?
It was started in 1995, long before Johnny Depp ever graced our screens with his heavy eyeliner and signature swagger as Jack Sparrow.
The two men who started the holiday, John Baur and Mark Summers, claim that the idea came to them during a racquetball game, in which after an injury one of them shouted, “aarrr!” Why September 19? It happened to be the birthday of the ex-wife of one of the men, and since he’d just divorced, according to him, the day was stuck in his head and so he picked it as the official day that we all know as International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
For a silly, ‘not-real,’ holiday, this one has actually gotten more recognition than most. For example, Michigan officially recognizes it.
If you’re a mom, like me, who enjoys celebrating funny holidays with your kids, here are some ideas of how to celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day:
Use Social Media Like A Pirate
Facebook used to allow “pirate” as a choice of language. It’s no longer available. However, it is still an option in Google Search! Go to settings, select current language and find “pirate.” Then you can find “shoppin,” “engravin’s,” and “morrr.”
Eat Like A Pirate
At some Long John Silver’s locations, you can win a deep-fried Twinkie by talking like a pirate. I’ve heard that if you go so far as to dress like a pirate, you receive a free fish & fry. Sadly, I’ve heard Krispy Kreme no longer gives out free doughnuts. Well, maybe that’s for the best. Me and free doughnuts are a dangerous combination.
Everyone loves that ride. That one that gets the song stuck in your head–the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Get A Pirate Name
Here is a spot where you can generate your very own personal pirate name.
Throw A Pirate Themed Party
If you’re so inclined and have friends who love any excuse to celebrate, why not throw a pirate-themed party? Just don’t forget the rum!
Bake Like A Pirate
So, so many options on Pinterest.
Dress Like A Pirate
Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress like a pirate? With the popular success of the movies Pirates of the Caribbean, cinemas saw a boom in theater-goers dressed up as pirates. I remember going to the movies with a big group of friends dressed up in character and it really added to the experience. It’s an easy costume for Halloween for little children, too: just put on an eye patch, a conical-shaped hat, and pointy shoes, make a hook for one hand using a hanger and your mini-me will look the part!
Read All About Pirates
Don’t forget the old-fashioned way of getting to know about a subject. Head to your local library with your kids and look up some books that they can read aloud. They’ll love the idea. Some fun ones to keep an eye out for are Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon, and Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and David Shannon. Actually, that last one gave me an idea…
Cloth Diaper Like A Pirate
It occurred to me, as a cloth diapering mom, that even my baby could join in the revelry! Why not? A quick Google search and I realized…
Yes. There are pirate-themed cloth diapers . And no, not just one style. Multiple designs of pirate-themed cloth diapers. Some say “Ahoy!” and some have a ship with a skull and crossbones on the sail. Some have anchors. Some have bears dressed in red and white striped shirts. I found red ones with black swords and others with baby’s initials on the sail of the ship. Others say “Yo ho, Yo ho,” or even have fish and crabs dressed up as pirates. You cannot imagine the creativity that exists when it comes to making sure your baby is as legitimately pirate as possible.
Pirate diapers don’t have to only be for boys. There are girl cloth diapers with adorable pink and green pirate bandanas. And instead of the traditional crossbones, there are rattles. Too cute.
The thing is cloth diapering does not have to be a drag, a duty, or a chore. It can be a celebration of individuality, creativity, and a chance to have fun. I started to imagine showing pictures to my grown-up child of how adorable they were as a little pirate on International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
So I’m starting to get prepared. It’s coming up quickly. I’ve got about a month to put this all together. My very own celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate day with my baby as the star pirate.
As a cloth diapering mom, after doing research on unique holidays, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the one I’m choosing to have a little fun with by dressing up my baby and maybe even throwing a pirate-themed party with a pirate-themed cake and finger foods.
What do you think? Would you be interested in some pirate-themed cloth diapers? Would you even have an idea for the cutest pirate diaper design? I personally love the idea of a treasure map cloth diaper. So many cute ideas for a themed outfit with that one…
If you have any other ideas about how to celebrate this holiday, or if you know of any special local events in your area that are all about pirates, I’d love to hear about it.
~ Kalli Hiller
International Talk Like A Pirate Day Giveaway 2019
Win Like A Pirate!
- Begins September 1, 2019
- Ends September 30, 2019
- ALL ENTRIES ARE OPTIONAL
- Official Rules & Winners Page
HOW TO ENTER:
- Find a pirate related item from this page – optional
- Enter the name of that item within the entry form (rafflecopter) below
That’s it, your entered!
Share It Like A Pirate!