National High Five Day

National High Five Day - Doodlewash and watercolor sketch of tabby kitten cat giving a high five

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 at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

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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  1. Carol 6 years ago

    Love the kitty high five. That’s thinking outside the box! Cutest little kitty ever!

    • Author

      Aww thanks Carol! 💕😃Since I like animals best, I thought one should high five. I started with a raccoon, but found some cute kittens instead. Lol

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  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    What a sweet little mouser – even if she doesn’t yet know what a mouse is, she knows she wants to make friends. And that’s what High Five is all about. So here’s my high five to you, Charlie. 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe… thanks so much Sharon!💕😃 Yeah… I figured an animal was the best for a little high five action. Glad ya liked it!

  4. Jacob 6 years ago

    This little character has the most captivating eyes I think I’ve ever seen! Wonderful. My cats do that when they want to be stroked, or when I’m eating something they like the look of themselves. Or maybe they are high-fiving? Oscar used to do it on command, but at eighteen he’s too old these days and I think afraid he might lose balance.

    What a peculiar celebration – I like the sound of lemonade, though – and hilarious that there was a kerfuffle over who ‘coined’ it. A high-five to you from across the pond for another stellar post, Charles!

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob! Glad ya liked the eyes… I was just hoping I wouldn’t screw that up as that’s the best part. Hehe Awww… I’m sure Oscar is still high-fiving in his heart. 💕 But yeah… it’s a funny day to celebrate. I didn’t really get out yesterday much so I wasn’t a very good high fiver! lol

      • Jacob 6 years ago

        Shame on you – thank goodness I stepped in to save the day! 😉 I can probably get away with not partaking; maybe I’m just not in the right circles, but I think high fives are generally one of those things us Brits like to look down on, tut at and go ‘how American’. This is of course while we shove ferrets down our trousers.

  5. Teresa Robeson 6 years ago

    I’d high-five (and hug) your sweet little doodlewashed kitty any day! <3 🙂 I'm glad some good is being done with this particular national day and it's not just a goofy "celebration" like April Fools, for example. 😀

    • Author

      Awww thanks Teresa! 💕😃Glad ya liked this little guy! Yeah… I’m always happy to learn when these days are meant for doing good in the world. Though silly can do a lot of good as well. Hehe

  6. circadianreflections 6 years ago

    ROFL! I nearly spit out my Hershey’s Kiss when I was reading through all ways we say High Five and got to “slip me some skin” I haven’t heard that in eons! Funny! Your kitty is adorable!!!

    Thanks for the laugh and here’s a ^5! 🙂

    • Author

      Haha… I had to look up the terms actually… I hadn’t heard that one in forever either! Lol Glad you like the doodlewash and enjoyed a laugh! Hehe 💕😃

  7. Jodi 6 years ago

    I want to give those adorable sweet eyes a 100! gorgeous and fun high five kitty doodlewash! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks sooo much Jodi! 💕😃Glad ya liked this little kitty… I’m more of dog person, but kittens are super cute. I’d totally high five them if they requested it. Hehe

  8. debiriley 6 years ago

    darling… so beautiful Charlie 🙂 what a cute paw!

  9. Sharon Mann 6 years ago

    There is a day for everything. Your kitty high five is very clever and very cute. High five back at you Charlie. Thanks for the laugh!

  10. Sand Salt Moon 6 years ago

    Better than the fist pump IMO. Gimme paw is how me and my dog celebrated. Pretty blue eyes and pink paws, kitty! Doodley doo to you 👌

    • Author

      Oh yeah… the fist pump rules… there should be a national fist pump day for sure! And thanks so much, Cynthia! Glad ya liked my little kitty!! 💕😃

  11. Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

    ADORABLE doodlewash, Charlie! 💕💖🐱 Loving those baby blue eyes on your kitty cat! I’d give you a high-five on this doodlewash, my friend! 🖐🖐🖐🖐🖐

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jill! He was fun to doodlewash. I made him pretty small so I wouldn’t rush him to much. Lol So thrilled you like how he (she? cats are impossible) turned out! 💕😃

  12. iamjirah 6 years ago

    I couldn’t say no to this little kitty! Thousands of high five sealed with a kiss, meow!

  13. Susan Feniak 6 years ago

    OMG high five Charlie!!

  14. What a sweety, and to top it off he is a lil ginger, now that is known as a high pawing in my household of gingers + black, only two will do this, and not all the time,depends on mood! Unlike the dog, that will perform all tricks, just in the hope it may result in something tasty. Your doodlewash has made my morning Charlie 😻

  15. YesterdayAfter 6 years ago

    This little kitty is adorable! I love it! you’re so great Charlie his eyes are so beautiful!!! <3

    • Author

      Awww thanks Carolina!💕😃 Glad you liked this little one… I worked hard to get the eyes just right. Most important part. Happy you liked it!

      • YesterdayAfter 6 years ago

        I can see your hard work Charlie his eyes are beautiful! And yes the most important part eyes expression and lighting!

  16. Jui 6 years ago

    that cat is too cute! nice one!!

  17. Tori 6 years ago

    Cutest high five I’ve ever seen, Charlie 😊

  18. memadtwo 6 years ago

    The best. Of course the cat has ulterior motives…(K)

  19. ramaink 6 years ago

    If that isn’t one of the most adorable kittens ever…!! High Five!!

  20. artpony 6 years ago

    Love all you do! So much fun to see what day is being celebrated.

  21. lesliepaints 6 years ago

    Excellent foreshortening!

    • Author

      Thanks! This was kind of difficult… hehe.. wasn’t sure if it was going to work! Glad you liked it, Leslie! 💕😃

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