Happy Palm Day!

31 May , 2009


Every year on the 31st we celebrate Palm Day at our house. Palm Day is the anniversary of my baby brother’s survival from a horrific car crash that happened when he fell asleep behind the wheel and drove into two palm trees. It took them 45 minutes just to cut the car off him and he spent two weeks in hospital (ICU and High Care) before coming home to stay in bed for another two months before he could walk again.

Every year I give him a little palm tree with a crushed ball of foil (to symbolise the silver car he drove way back then) in honour of the big day. 😀

The accident happened in 2003 and we’ve been celebrating his survival ever since! I’m so grateful that we get to remember this day for what happened rather for what almost happened.

Cheers! Here’s to your continued luck and good health brother bear… 


  1. Really nice tradition. I love the way you get on so well with your brother, most brothers and sisters I know compete or fight!

  2. Happy Palm Day … hmmm, bet that tag is going to attract all sorts of lurkers to your blog … sjoe, always the gutter, eh? Nice trad, though 🙂

  3. Happy Palm Day to the Bouwer family. Definitely something to celebrate. 🙂

  4. I was wondering what Palm day was all about. How very cool! Love that you celebrate it every year

  5. Michelle, we didn’t always get along this well and we still have a squabble now and then. But in general we get on like a house on fire.

    Miss P, I was thinking the same thing right after I posted…but so far not much of that has happened yet. 😉

    Thanks Don’t Believe! 😀

    Jenty, luckily my brother is not very good at keeping the palms alive or we’d be running out of places to put them by now! 😛

  6. It’s great you have a special day in your family. It sounds like your brother (and family) really went through a horrible ordeal.

  7. What a wonderful tradition.

  8. JD, it was rough but it really brought us all much closer than before so no one complained about it. 🙂

    Nursemyra, I’m glad you like it. 😀

  9. Yay! Another palm day!

  10. 😀

  11. Happy Palm Day! What a very cool tradition.

  12. Thanks Tamara 🙂

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