National Send a Friend a Card Day: February 7, 2017
(Today is also National Fettuccine Alfredo Day and National Periodic Table Day...)
I love to look up daily, weekly, and monthly observances. You never know what someone's celebrating at any given time. I mean, hey, there are days to celebrate chocolate, coffee, AND wine!!! Who'd want to miss that? Here on my blog, we're going to celebrate some common and not so common observances with fabulous authors from all over the world. Join author Libby Heily in doing a simple something for a friend today to let them know you care. All it costs is a stamp...and a lot of e-cards are free!
This is one of the easiest holidays to recognize. The call to action is in the title. To celebrate this day, simply send a card to a friend. Easy, right? Well, yes. It is. But do you send a card to all your friends? That can be time consuming and expensive. If you can’t send a card to all your closest pals, then which friends get to receive this special missive from you?
I was really excited when Mysti asked me to write about this National Day, mostly because of the question above. Who would I send card(s) to? To start with, I like to make my own cards even though I can’t draw to save my life and my handwriting is pretty awful. I usually use a ton of stickers and my own sense of spacial reasoning. That means that for every card I send, I need to allot about 20-30 minutes for construction. Not a problem. I promised my husband that I’d watch the season finale of Vikings with him. That gives me about one good hour with which to work. So, just in case I get caught up in the impending Vikings vs English battle, I’ll play it safe and say I’ll make two cards.
Now, how to choose who gets to be the lucky recipients? For some, this will be an easy task. Maybe you have a few best friends that you see regularly. Great! No-brainer, they get the cards. But, what if you want to use this as a way to reconnect? Maybe you miss your college buddies or maybe you’ve just not spoken to an old friend in a long time. National Send a Friend a Card Day is a great way to let them know you still care! Or maybe you want to send your cards to former teachers, teammates, or people who’ve inspired you? Maybe you’re the adventurous type and you want to use this holiday to make new friends!
Here’s what I think. Make the day your own! If you want to stand outside your local Wal-Mart handing out home-made friendship cards in order to meet new people, then go for it! I’m not that adventurous.
I’ll be sending cards to two long-lost friends. People I care about who I haven’t called in a while. I have a college buddy in Chicago that I’ve been longing to touch base with and a former roommate in Seattle. It’ll be some time before I make it to either city to visit so this will be the perfect excuse to say hello.
If you choose to celebrate this holiday, who will you send your card(s) to? Will you make them or purchase them? What image says “friends” to you?
Libby Heily began writing after spending years as an obsessive reader. She's written plays, screenplays, flash fiction, short stories, and novels. Libby studied Acting and Playwriting at Longwood College and Film Production at the Seattle Film Institute. When not spending time in made up places with invisible friends, she enjoys reading, running, hiking and performing improv in Raleigh, NC.
Libby on the web:
Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, holds the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them for long.
Grape's life changes for the better, or so she thinks, when Mandy, the only “nice” model, befriends her. But that’s when the trouble truly begins. Mandy's friendship places Grape smack in the middle of a medical mystery that has the entire town on edge. One by one, the models fall ill from an incurable disease. Grape quickly realizes that the models' parents are hiding a secret, even as they watch their children die. To save her only friend, Grape will have to find the truth–and that means putting her life in danger.
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