Red Letter Days…Red Letter Cocktails…Red Letter Lives

Red letter days.

Days that are special ones, set aside by being in red ink.  These are the days that are special to us.  Ones that we will remember.

Red letter days originated with the church…as it seems many/most things are that can be difficult to explain.  It was a term used in academia and the church to signify a church festival (BINGO!????) or a holy day or any day of significance. 

A special day, indeed.

We all have them in our lives…red letter days.  Dates, times places we recall that stand out in our lives, in our minds.  Birthdays…Weddings…Anniversaries…the Birth of your child, grandchildren…certain historical or societal events. 

Today is one.  Elvis Presley died on this day.  I recall on this day in 1977  Diana and I were in a tuxedo rental store in North St Louis County at Jamestown Mall.  A high school friend of mine, Don Behan, worked there, so I decided to go there to pick out the tuxes for our wedding.  Soon after Diana told me what I liked (wink-wink) I heard a voice over the intercom say,”Elvis has left the building…for good”.  The king had died on the throne…really, he did…on the “throne.”

A red letter day.

JFK assasination…a red letter day.  MLK…red letter day.  Challenger explosion…9-11…they all stand out among the other days…

Our lives are full of them.  If we live to be 75 years old, have three children, married 45 years, add Christmases, social events and other family functions, we will have…(let’s see, add the 3, carry the 4, assume a lot…)  … oh, perhaps anywhere between 200 and 250 red lettter days in our lives.  Seems like a lot…but in comparison…it kinda falls short.

Last Friday evening was one of those days for us.  A red letter day.  It was a celebration of Drew and Rachel’s wedding in Italy.  They had a “local” celebration with family and friends in St Louis.  Their version of a “reception”…after their wedding in Italy.  Totally non-traditional. (what else would you expect from Drew and Rachel?  Exactly!)  Totally remarkable and as unforgettable as the gown she wore.  It was definately “red-letter-esque”.  Something to remember.  And if I can remember it with all I had to imbibe…well, let’s just say it “rocked”.





Family and friends…does it really get much better? 

NopeNot this time.

And to add to that, TJ and Chad Michael made some special red letter cocktails to go along with the red letter date.   The cocktails were…

Golden Train

  • 2 ounces Don Q anjejo rum
  • 1 Ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • .5 ounce grapefruit juice
  • .5 ounce Averna Amaro
  • Mole bitters
  • Splash of Rose Champagne


After Tonight

  • 1.5 ounce Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • .5 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • .75 Cocchi Americano
  • Creole bitters
  • Lemon twist

Try them on your own…if you dare.

The celebration was illuminated by the ambiance and decorations at the Lumen Place in St Louis.  A little of Italy was present in the cake made with ricotta cheese, from “the Hill”.  Blake, Yvonne and Tyler sent their greetings and well wishes.  A video of wedding pics played through the night.  Family and friends flew in from out of town.  Special dances, Father-Daughter and Mother -Son, were danced.  And a great time was had by all.




Red letter date indeed.

We need more of them.

But it is up to us to make them.

I challenge each of you to make each day something special.  We all deserve to have more than 200-250 days in our lives that are “special”!  Make each day special.  Do something special.  Tell someone they are special.  Make something.  Rescue a pet.  Write a note.  Make a moment special.  Express your love for someone or something.  Surrender the moment and your desires and help someone else…in the process your desires will arise out of nowhere and become something special…something “red letter”.

I bet you can.  I bet I can.  I know we can. 

And if we do, our lives will be RED LETTER.  Something really special…for each one of us…for us all…for more than 200-250 flippin’ days!!!

Here’s to living a red letter life!


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