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All about the Shoes

Something about a pile of shoes by the front door just makes me grin. Maybe you feel that way too.


The pile reminds me that people have come into my home and decided to relax and enter into whatever happens within our walls. They have chosen connection over a myriad of other options.

It also tells me that my “tribe” has gathered. These are my “peeps.” We belong together whether by blood or by choice. We have chosen to take the time to talk and listen and laugh together. We know each other and stand as witnesses to each others’ lives.

The random pairs of shoes tossed on top of each other also illustrates that life lived together can look and feel messy. As we pop into each others’ spaces, we don’t always do it with perfect manners or precise, kind words. (And sometimes, let’s face it, just like a pile of shoes, we do carry with us a certain, well, odor.)

Connection is still worth it, don’t you think?

Hope you find some kick-your-shoes-off-and-connect time this summer. :)

And speaking of connection, don’t forget that we are celebrating friendship here on the blog in August in honor of International Friendship Day on August 7. Every Monday in August I will share with you a Storm Sister story from a reader.

If you have a Storm Sister and want to tell me about her, even in just a sentence or two, I would love to send you both a FriendChips calendar and tell your story in August. Just reply to this blog in the comment section.




Storm Sister Giveaway

Did you know that August 7, 2016 is Friendship Day? I read it on the internet so it must be true. :)

Apparently, Friendship Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930, but by the 1940s the number of Friendship Day cards available in the US had dwindled and the holiday largely died out.

Then in 1998 Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, revived the holiday and named Winnie the Pooh (!) as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. The event was co-sponsored by the U.N. Department of Public Information and Disney Enterprises, and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford.

Gotta love a day that features friendship and Winnie the Pooh!

So . . . I want to celebrate friendship, specifically Storm Sister friendship, on August 7th and throughout the month of August. But I could use your help.

Would you be willing to share with other blog readers a story about your Storm Sister?

You have heard my stories. Now I would like to hear your stories.

You don’t have to be a professional writer or even a professional friend. Oh, and I have prizes. For the first five stories I receive, I will send you a 2017 FriendChips calendar and include one for your Storm Sister. (You can learn more about these delightful calendars here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzNAxiZt7G4.

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Let’s celebrate Friendship Day together the whole month of August!

P.S. I’ll need your stories by mid-July. :) Use the contact section on my website to send in your stories: http://aftonrorvik.com/contact/. Happy writing!