As most Americans know, Monday, January 21 is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that celebrates Dr. King's life and work. The holiday is observed every third Monday in January. I was recently reminded that although the holiday was signed into law in 1983, the day took on an even deeper meaning eleven years later. In 1994 Congress named Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national day of service. Since then, many Americans celebrate the day through some kind of community volunteerism and/or public service.
I was pleased when a Public Service Message (PSA) request appeared in my inbox with the subject line: Take Stock in Children Mentor Training. I’m aware of what an excellent program Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is, having mentored with the organization for several years. The expression “take stock” also jumped out at me. It’s an interesting idiomatic expression, particularly when used around this time of year. More on that later; first, the PSA: