A. Catherine Noon here. Let’s get real, shall we? After the divorce, or the cancer, or the dysfunctional family, or the kids’ trouble, or any of a hundred other disasters, who’s there? Our friends. Gal pals. Sisters from other mothers. And they quite literally save our lives – studies show that women live longer than men who lose their spouses, because they are more likely to form friendships and networks of people who care about them. In fact, there are movements in older communities to help men make those relationships for themselves, and to teach them how to expand their social group beyond their spouse.
So that tells me that friends are necessary to a long and happy life.
When’s the last time you did something nice for your pals? And by “nice,” I mean tangible and not online. E-cards are nice, as far as they go, but they’re not something you can put up on a bulletin board and look at. Why not resurrect the Victorian pastime of sending cards to our friends? For the cost of a card and a stamp, we can brighten someone’s day. I adore getting “non-bill mail.” Plus, February is officially “Lettermo,” like NaNoWriMo but with letters and mail instead of writing novels.
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with friends?
– E.E. Cummings
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