Friend Grief and…Valentine’s Day?
Feb 10, 2015 by Victoria Noe
Good. I got your attention.Valentine’s Day is certainly not a day we associate with friends. It’s one designed to guilt-trip us into spending lots of money on flowers, candy, dinner, lingerie, etc. to share with a romantic partner. Friends? Not so much.I remember when I was younger, that I hated the time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. The holidays were all about families, and I was single. The last holiday was the worst, because the expectations were so ridiculously unrealistic. So let’s ignore all the hype and guilt and consider our friends.I don’t know about you, but I found 2014 to be an unusually challenging year. So did a lot of my friends. Relationships, finances, health, or a combination of...
Feb. 14 - Not Just for Lovers
Feb 14, 2011 by Victoria Noe
Today is Valentine’s Day, the day set aside each year to bolster Hallmark, floral and candy industries’ bottom lines. It’s also the day people tend to express their love.Those with whom we have a romantic relationship – spouse, partner, boy/girlfriend – are the traditional recipients of such expressions.Children give valentines to parents, classmates and teachers.But on the one day of the year when expressing love is not just encouraged but expected, there is one group that probably doesn’t get much attention: friends.No, they’re not the people we marry or give birth to – or who gave birth to us. But they’re important – sometimes more important than family.Take a few minutes today and tell your friends how much you love them. ...