30th July: WORLD INTERNATIONAL FRIENSHIP DAY

It has been a while since I posted something here but its all good and am so happy that today I can share something with you. Two weeks ago I was busy surfing on the internet and I came across the calendar of United Nations. I was filled with awe  as I kept on scrolling the calendar and checking  the different world commemoration days on it. What got my attention was the world friendship day which is today, 30th July.

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Some of  my friends who made my 24th birthday memorable: Esther and Florence

Did you know that? When I came through this I was astonished, by just learning that friendship is also celebrated Globally, I was like wow! I looked at my workmate Mercy Kelly who happens to be a good friend of mine too. I went straight to her desk and showed her what I discovered about today and how excited I was to write about it. We’ve been friends for four years now.

Actually, we were together in college at Malawi Institute of Journalism and funny enough we are also in the same office and how it happened it’s a story for another day but am so grateful for our friendship.  On my way back to my desk, I got a call from my best friend, Esther Chitheka Lewis. The words she said when I picked up her call was,”Sis where are you, I really want to talk to you about something, can we talk over lunch?” I agreed to that as I had no any planned meeting on that lunch break.

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My best friend, Esther is amazing and fun to be around

Then as I was reflecting on our meeting later that day, I realised how important it was for us to meet. The issues she brought forward couldn’t been discussed with any random person. It really needed a close friend to be there for her.

I wasn’t done yet in finding out more about this day, as WORLD INTERNTIONAL DAY. I went back with keen interest and continued browsing about this day and how important it is to everyone. It may happen that you also had no idea about this day and you are curious to learn more as I was when I first saw it.

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With my colleagues from work: Dana and Malumbo.

According to google I found out that: The original Day of friendship came from Hallmark Cards in the 1930s. Originally celebrated on 2nd August. The day was largely viewed cynically by the public as a money-making exercise, sales of friendship day cards did not take off in Europe and by the Mid-1940s the day had faded into obscurity in the USA.  The Idea of today is to honor friendship, however adopted by a number of countries in Asia where it remained a popular custom to reserve a day for celebrating friendships and the exchange of gifts between friends.

The first world friendship Day was proposed for 30th July 1958 by the world Friendship crusade, an international civil organization that campaigns to foster a culture of peace through friendship. Many years later, in 2011 the 30th July was declared as the international day of friendship by the general assembly of United Nations. With the growing popularity of social media throughout the world. There has been an increase in celebrating World friendship day as an international day of friendship online as well as with community aimed at ‘BRINGING PEOPLE OF THOSE OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS TOGETHER’.

The purpose of this day is to reflect on friendships that are important to us as individuals, whether they be with an old school friend, a sibling, a colleague or even a pet.

This really got my attention and started thinking of my old friends especially my childhood friend. When I was between the age 4 to 7, I was staying in Ntcheu district together with my family. I really had an amazing childhood and I almost remember everyone whom we were playing together with at home as well as at school.

At school I was one of the hard working students and I had a friend whose name was CYNTHIA PUMA and we became close because she was also one of the top students in our class. There was a certain term we were both number one and another term one of us was position 1 and another position 2. And because of our good performance in class, one of our teachers who was Catholic Nun used to invite us at her place and sge would give us sweets and biscuits. We started going for weekends together with my friend’s sister charity.

I really had a great time with these two girls even though it was for a short time as I moved to another city, Blantyre the time I lost my parents. When I saw the post for a friendship day, I thought about this part of my childhood together with Cynthia and charity puma. We did not have much time but they made my childhood beautiful, because of that I had to start looking for their whereabouts so that I should know how they are.

Thanks to technology it was so easy than I expected, I just posted on my WhatsApp Status explaining about it:

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The Status I posted in search of my childhood friends

Soon after I posted that on my WhatsApp status, after an hour, two of my mutual friends contacted me saying they have heard that name before at church and they asked around and boom it was my friend. We never wasted time but exchanged the contacts through those two friends and as am saying we are connected again after a long time.

We were very young and we reminded each other about the little exciting moments at school and we are both looking forward to see each other again and hey! We all can’t wait.

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As we celebrated my boyfriend birthday,my friends showed up too: mercy and Esther

Remember friendship is an integral part of our lives and our happiness. Friends come in all shapes and sizes and offer different things. As I have already said that some friendships are formed in childhood, when individuals often make lifelong friends. These friends can be turned to in times of crisis or celebration such as a weddings. Others can cemented at college or university when people traditionally begin to widen their social circle and incorporate friendships through shared interests. We really need friends as well as family for support, companionships and advice at various stages of our lives.

I wish I could mention all the people in my life who have made my life beautiful and help me achieve some goals I have accomplished but they are many of them. I just want to say thank you for making my childhood, teenage, high school, college life etc. better. I am a better person today because of some of you and I will always be happy to call you friends. Today it’s just a reminder of how we should celebrate the people that have surrounded us but we can do this every day, respect and be happy with the friends that you have today for tomorrow is never promised. HAPPY WORLD INTERNATION DAY to everyone!!!!!!!!

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