National Friendship Day is this Sunday!

by Larre Green on July 31, 2009

 OK, so you are probably thinking that this is some type of “Hallmark Holiday” made up by the card companies just to push a few cards to boost slow summer sales.  WRONG!  Actually, this is a real and legitimate, honest to goodness, proclaimed by the US Congress, holiday. 

According to website www.friendshipday.org

“The United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event.”

Now you may not have planned a big celebration for this day but come on, how about a phone call just to say “Thank you for being a friend”…wow, that could be a song cue!  Everybody hum the theme to the TV Show Golden Girls. 

Oh, and get this: Friendship Day isn’t just a US event, Friendshipday.org also states that
it has become so popular worldwide that “the United Nations named Winnie – the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.”

Of course, it is always easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk, so let me take this time to say Thank You to the many friends that I am so very fortunate to have.  I don’t want to put a bunch of names out on the ol World Wide Web, but to the Lucy of my Ethel, to the one I always credit for my career in media, to the one who was my shield when all of the swords were coming at me (remember it can be deadly out here in Social Land) and of course the best business partner anyone could ask for, maybe I don’t always say it, but Thank You, your friendship is something I treasure.

“Friends make you smile from ear to ear.” -Winnie the Pooh

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