National Bluebird of Happiness Day
Written by Nancy of PetCollage Paradise
If you were happy on Saturday, September 24, it might be because it was National Bluebird of Happiness Day. The mythology of the bluebird of happiness goes back thousands of years. The bluebird is widely accepted as a symbol of cheerfulness, good health, new births, prosperity, and hearth and home.
Bluebirds are a member of the Thrush family related to the American Robin. There are three bluebird types in North America: The Eastern Bluebird, The Western Bluebird and the Mountain Bluebird.
What makes the bluebird happy? Eating insects, such as cutworms and grasshoppers. This makes us happy too, since these critters are damaging to our crops and gardens.
Once very common in the United States, these beautiful birds have decreased in number due to loss of natural habitat, overuse of pesticides and predators.
There’s a song called the “Bluebird of Happiness” composed in 1934 by Sandor Harmati, who wrote it for his friend, the tenor Jan Peerce. Peerce’s 1945 recording became one of the best-selling records ever made by an opera singer.
Here are some of the lyrics:
And of course, there are the lovely lyrics to Paul McCartney’s song “Bluebird” about a bluebird whisking his love away someplace where they fly free together. How does he win her over? He “touch(es) her lips with a magic kiss”.
I love that line!