By Caryl Clem:
Recovering from the Great Depression was a task that required Americans to join together and work hard for each other. The pleasures in life were limited, annual wages for the average family was $1,160.00. Over 1/3 of the movie cinema’s had closed. The news featured real life stories of survival, and started public opinion polls to encourage the public responding to issues. In 1935, Congress passed the Social Security Act. Another act during this year to build public confidence and trust, Congress passed a Best Friends Day on June 8th and Friendship Day for the first Sunday in August. At the core of American values is the desire to respect each other and discover what we can share together.
Discovering the depths of friendship occurs naturally as children play together. As a kid, do you remember counting down the days to the arrival of the summer carnival? My favorite friend coached me into my first roller coaster ride. I felt fearless beside her, ready to try anything. We screamed in unison during the thrilling ride. Excitedly, we quickly decided to get in line to buy another ticket. Good times were magnified in her presence. When I felt disappointed or angry, she found a way to help me see a “brighter” side. A few years later, she told me she was moving with her parents to another state. A parting hug with tears in my eyes was the last memory. I did not realize what I had until she moved away. I was 11 years old.
Through the years, having a best friend that understood my personality and emotions saved my sanity and provided someone to share the range of experiences in life. You never feel alone when you have a best friend as songs on this theme prove. I love to listen to Christina Aguilera’s, “I’ll Turn to You.” She sums up in a few words what a best friend means. Time deepens your relationship. To me, Best Friends are like a fuel that helps us achieve our top performance, increase our mileage and stay on the road of life longer. Touch base with your Best Friend on June 8th and celebrate what you have shared together.