The fourth Monday of September is Family Day. Family is one of the most important aspects of my life. I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for my family. When I say “Family”, I don’t simply mean my parents, siblings, and other relatives. Growing up in my house, friends were family. My parents are still friends with the people they knew as children. Those people were, and still are, huge influencers of my life.
Most of my friends from growing up are still major parts of my life. I may have moved hundreds of miles away, but when I get together with those friends, it’s like no time has passed. If any of them needed me, I would drop everything for them, because that’s what you do for family.
When I found The Curious George Store, I immediately felt like a part of their family. Through the years, we had some ups and downs, but we stuck together through it all. As new people have come and gone through the store, each and every one has felt like family. Choosing to leave New England and head south was a hard decision, but I knew my family, all of my families, would support the decision because it was the best thing for me at the time.
I have been extremely fortunate that in each stage of my life, I have been surrounded by people I was able to consider family. With each move and new job, I have accumulated people that I don’t know how I managed without.
Take some time out of your day today to do something with your family. Have dinner at the table. Play a game. Go for a walk. Call your parents. Spend time with the people you love. And don’t wait a year for the next “Family Day”. Why not start a monthly or weekly Family Day?
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that making friends
is not easy, and it only gets harder the older you are. As this month is
drawing to a close, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the people I’ve met
in the world that helped shape who I am. Since September is Friendship Month,
it seems only fitting to dedicate a moment or two to those friends I’ve made
that have stuck by me through thick and thin and have left a lasting impression
on my life.
I moved to Boston in 2011 from a relatively small town in
Virginia. Eager to get a foot in the door of the publishing industry, I
transferred schools and packed my entire life into a storage pod. I never even
met my roommate before she opened the door to let me into our dingy apartment
in East Boston, and when my mom boarded her return flight to Virginia, I was
truly on my own and alone for the first time. It was terrifying.
When I was younger and my friends couldn’t come out to play,
books were where I turned. They were a constant companion in childhood that
came along for the ride into adulthood. In fact, it should come as no surprise
that I met my first two friends in Boston in one of my first literature
classes. We didn’t become close until the following year, but we bonded over a
mutual love of all things literary, and we still make jokes about that class,
eight years later. Most of the friendships I have made since moving to this
city have been joyously book related in some way. My current roommates and I
bonded over our book hoarding tendencies, another dear friend is always telling
me about the most recent audiobook she has listened to, and here at Curious
George, Rosa and I banter about the latest YA novels and subscription boxes all
If I’m being honest, I would be lost without these people in
my life. The connections that we have made were sparked by a mutual love and
have grown deeper over the years. While I know it isn’t easy to conjure up a
friendship, every relationship is built on a foundation of common ground. Don’t
be afraid to reach out to someone over a shared interest – you never know what
best friends you might get out of it!
One of the greatest pleasures in life is opening a book and diving into an adventure that takes you to another place. Whether you are reading a new book or one of your favorites, there is nothing that can compare to that feeling.
There are so many ways to celebrate Read A Book Day. If you have kids, let them choose their favorite picture book and read it together. You can gather a group of your friends for a book club. Go to your local library and find a new Mystery, Sci-Fi, or Romance novel. The possibilities are endless!
It doesn’t matter what kind of book you choose, all that matters is that you take some time for yourself today to read!