While it is still February 23rd allow me to say *Congratulations on Men's Day!* Actually, it's Defender's Day, more precisely Defender's of the Fatherland Day, more easily expressed in Russian than in English.
Originally, 23 February was a day to recognize those who have protected the Fatherland by serving in the military. Now it has evolved so that guys of all ages are honored, even those who have protected nothing more than their toy cars and trucks.
Thought you might enjoy a couple of neat cards. First, a retro-style card. On the front you see an aviator, a soldier and a sailor.
|It says, *23 of February. . . (Congratulations) with the Holiday!* (See, the congratulations part is understood from the grammar.) (Click images to enlarge.)|
Here's the back, Thought you might like to have a look. I find Soviet-retro art, such as this, so charming. Please forgive the marking on the verse. . . my beloved language teacher has a penchant for marking up things in an effort to help me understand.
Here's the perfect card for a boy.
|*23rd of February. . . *|
|Click image. (*Wishing you. . .* is understood and built into the grammar)... Line 1) Decisiveness and courage in everything. 2) Wide horizons, brilliant goals, 3) good luck unchanging -- day after day, 4) Success without fail in everything you do.|
And so dear men, young and old alike, CONGRATULATIONS on your holiday! Myself, I didn't give out cards, but did make up a double batch of chocolate zucchini muffins to share with neighbors and guys who work in nearby shops. Hold on, bet there's a picture here handy. . .
|It's a fun way to meet neighbors, make new friends and say thank you.. Neighbor guys have been a major help to me over the years.|
We need to show appreciation to the guys in our lives. Congratulations, dear guys!