Friendship Day

I am starting to write this post on August 6th – Sunday which according to some is International Friendship Day.  To tell you the truth I didn’t even know there was a Interational Friendship day; but I like the idea of one.  So I did a little research.

History

Friendship day was originally created by the greeting card industry in 1919 by Hallmark.  Friends were encouraged to recognize their friendship by sending each other cards.  But this made up “holiday” eventually fizzled out.

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However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations (believe it or not!), and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!  (wonder why)

Here is what the UN says about Friendship Day…

“Our world face many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.  To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.  Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.”

Well, I’m on board for sure.  So even though you all will be reading this a few days late.  I want to say I am grateful for all my friends out there who mean so much to me.  Without them I would not be the person I am today.

So I have to tell you a little story.  

A few Saturdays ago Alex and I headed off to one of the popular Farmer’s Markets here in Tucson.  I was mainly looking for fresh vegetables, but then I saw a booth with 4 woman wearing traditional head scarfs and dresses of the Muslim religion.  So I stopped by their booth and was enticed to see an array of traditional Syrian sweets that they had handmade and were selling.  They were very proud of their heritage and culture and wanted to share.  So of course I sampled some and bought a few to take home.  And I hope they understood it was my way to say welcome them and say I am glad you are here in the US.  But I plan on going back….  the sweets were delicious.

Don’t forget about the importance of jewelry… and friendship

Jewelry has always played an important role in Friendship.  Remember those friendship bracelets we used to make at summer camp?

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I think knowing that jewelry can make someone very happy (both giving it and receiving it) is one of the reasons I make jewelry.  We all need more happiness in our life.  Reach out to a good friend today!

 

English Trifle

picture of English Trifle

English Trifle and Memories

I just made dessert for our Christmas Eve dinner with our youngest daughter Jody and her husband tonight.  It’s an English trifle – but a little different this year.  I used pound cake, but I slathered it with lemon curd; and used peaches and raspberries this year (instead of strawberries).  This recipe did not call for a custard sauce; but I added that myself (or else hubby would be mad).  Later I will make the raspberry whipped cream.  My trifle bowl broke last year so instead I used this beautiful cut crystal bowl – from England.

I was first introduced to English trifle at a friend’s home during the Christmas holidays some 30 years ago.  We lived in Chicago at the time.  Our husbands worked together at the University of Chicago.  She had 2 boys around the same age as my 2 girls.  She was from England – new to Chicago.  And we had moved to Chicago for work.  So Chicago was new to me too.  It was the first time I lived in an inner city.  The area we lived in was Hyde Park and it was a small community surrounding the University on the edge of Lake Michigan.  Dee and I became fast friends.  We coffeed while our children played together at local parks.  We went swimming at the Lake in the summer and in the indoor pool at her high rise apartment building in the winter.  We exercised together.  We would take the train downtown for a day’s shopping or for a visit to Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon – to help with our sanity.  We both “tolerated” Hyde Park  and the cold and snow of Chicago.  Our friendship helped.

But then they moved to California and a year or so later we moved to Nevada.  We still keep in touch but it’s not the same.  And Dee’s husband died a little over a year ago.  But the trifle tonight will bring back those days.  And funny –  I can’t really remember that biting cold or mounds of snow, or howling wind.  Or the dirty inner city streets of Chicago.  I remember being blessed to have such a wonderful friendship.  Blessed for those years that helped to form me as I am today.  All that and dessert too.  Merry Christmas.