Today we celebrate the high five, that extra special simple gesture of raising your hands to slap palms with any other creature who’s willing, so I chose this little cat. Feel free to celebrate however you wish. Also, feel free to use whichever words you’d like to proceed this classic move such as “hit me,” “slip me five,””gimme some,” or “slap me some skin.” Though, in my case, I’m not sure the cat would care. As is always the case with these days, it’s best not to overthink it and simply high five everyone you meet (bonus points for surprising complete strangers).
National High Five Day was started in 2002 at the University of Virginia. A group of students set up shop on the main quad and gave out high fives and lemonade. In 2010, the founders of National High Five Day decided to transform all that positive palm slapping into something that could do the world real and tangible good. Each year, they raise money for a different charity and this year’s charity is CoachArt, a wonderful program that offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings.
The origin of the high five is hotly contested, with Magic Johnson claiming he invented it while at Michigan State in the late 70’s and others saying it was happening long before that on the women’s volleyball circuit during the 60’s. We may never know for sure, but we do know that it didn’t make it into the dictionary until 1980 and became a verb the following year. However it came to be, it’s a real thing now and this little kitty would like to celebrate this day with you. “Gimme Five! Meow!”
Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, and Ultramarine Blue. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink and second pen with blue ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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