|Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on October 30, 2012 at 2:05 AM|
Happy National Candy Corn Day!
Did you ever read a National Observances Calendar? They make great conversation starters, party themes, and can stoke your creative juices.
October is Stamp Collecting and National Popcorn Popping Month. It’s also the month for caffeine addiction recovery, class reunions, world menopause (of all things!) and toilet tank repairs. Amazingly, we had the plumber here this month, and I went off Diet pop for ten days. How do they do that? How do they know?
Yesterday was National Cat Day and ...
today is National Candy Corn Day, which I totally embrace.
Did you know this is Peace, Friendship and Goodwill Week? Again, somebody pegged it for me because this was a week of hanging with friends, and I even put together a bag for Goodwill.
For an introvert, three friend events in one week is noteworthy. I attended a lovely Friends and Chocolate Tea, met a neighbor who invited me to do coffee, and went to couples' Bunco. (An easy dice game, rather like musical chairs, convenient for chatting with friends).
This particular Bunco group is amazing because they're my ex-Mennonite friends. Once we attended the same Sunday School group and raised our kids together. Then at one point or another, we fell out of touch--except for funerals and weddings. We scattered to various non-denominational churches, making new church friends.
As I wrote my fictional Mennonite series, I remembered and yearned for these old friends. A fire burned in me. I entertained the idea of getting the gals together for Bunco, but I never acted on it.
I was busy and my house was never perfect.
Yet the idea simmered.
One day, we got an invitation from one of the old group for a Super Bowl party. When we all met together, the Bunco idea literally popped out of my mouth, and the group jumped on it, dubbing me organizer. They wanted to start right away (last March). It was a God-thing that ten couples found one night a month to suit everyone's schedules.
The gals tweaked my idea to include our husbands, and I’m glad we did because they bring a ton of humor into the party. After the holidays, we'll start our second year.
“A good friend is a connection to life –
a tie to the past, a road to the future,
the key to sanity in a totally insane world.”
In order to stoke our imagination to cultivate friendships, I checked the calendar for upcoming observances:
November is National Banana Pudding Month
1-7 - National Fig Week
Nov 1 – National Author’s Day (smiling here)
Nov 1 - National Men Make Dinner Day (loving it)
Nov 2 - Cookie Monster day
You can check the following link for more celebration ideas. If you're really motivated, there’s even a link to start your own national observance.
Would love to hear your tips on friendship because...
it really is a key to sanity in an insane world.
Categories: Personal life