As declared by my sister’s friend, Corrie, tomorrow is National Friend Day—twenty-four hours dedicated to appreciating the people who are nice to you out of no familial obligation. At least that’s how I define it. Except that you can still be friends with your family members. So, it’s pretty much anybody you like, related or not. Wow, this is getting muddy.
So if tomorrow is Friend Day, that makes today Friend Day Eve, the day where we plan out how we will celebrate Friend Day. (Some people call this Procrastinator’s Day.) And I’m wondering (especially since I love stealing ideas), how do you plan to celebrate? Will you send e-mails? Will you make phone calls? A meet-me-for-luncheon or a surprise plate of cookies? A silly e-card or a hand-written note? Dinner at your old hang-out or a mix-CD of your favorite sing-along tunes?
On a more theoretical level, have you ever taken a moment to think about your friendships? What makes them work? I’ve been thinking about this a lot, actually, and I’m realizing that I don’t think I’m a very good friend. I’m not always right there. I’m not always very considerate and nurturing. I’m often sporadic. I can be mildly judgmental. I’m going to work on these, so that next year when Friend Day rolls around, I won’t be feeling like I’d be better off celebrating Endearing Casual Acquaintance Day instead.
Please tell me your ideas and don’t forget to leave out a plate of cookies for Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe tonight!