The month of June was very joyful for me and the rest of The Arc Participants. The other Arc’s V.I.P. (Volunteer Involvement Program) Participants and I were winners on Thursday, June 20th. We won the Group Community Service Award for our volunteer service to Meals on Wheels of San Antonio! Last year, The Arc V.I.P.S. and I performed over 22,000 hours in volunteer service with local non-profits!
Also, on Wednesday, June 19th, The other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members celebrated “Garfield the Cat” Day by dressing in orange clothing and reading the “Garfield” comics from the San Antonio Express News and www.garfield.com.
We learned that Garfield the Cat was created by the cartoonist, Jim Davis on Monday, June 19th, 1978. The other Participants and I also learned that Garfield’s creator named the lazy, lasagna-loving cat after his grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis. We also learned that though it is rarely said in print, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana, the home of Jim Davis. According to the comic strip, Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant named Mama Leoni’s. and immediately ate all the pasta and lasagna in sight, developing his love and obsession for lasagna. Garfield hates Mondays, always having bad luck on this weekday. Garfield is not only shown in the comic strips. He has been featured in two live-action films, “Garfield: The Movie” and “Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties” Garfield has two television shows, “Garfield and Friends” which ran on CBS Saturday mornings from September 17th, 1988 to December 10th, 1994. My absolute favorite Saturday morning cartoon when I was a little girl in North Carolina (next to “The Smurfs” and the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) Also, “The Garfield Show” which runs on the cable channel named Boomerang, the sister station of Cartoon Network since 2012. Although, Garfield often treats his owner Jon, and Jon’s dog, Odie terribly, it is indicated that he does indeed care for them.
The other Arc Participants and I had a great time having a celebration of Garfield the Cat, and the best part of all, as Garfield would say, “It wasn’t on a Monday.”