Flight Path & Friends

Friend Appreciation Day

My husband and I were part of the small team that designed, built, and flight tested the SpaceShipTwo prototype. Eight years ago today, there was an accident during the fourth rocket powered flight test, and SpaceShipTwo crashed, killing the co-pilot, Mike Alsbury. Even though I had left my job 6 months earlier, I still made sure I was there to watch every flight test, and that day 8 years ago is a sharp dividing line of life “before and after”.

This year, my husband and I are starting a new annual tradition. We have decided that October 31st is Friend Appreciation Day. Life is short, and none of us know what the next day, let alone the next hour, truly has in store for us.

Flight Path & Friends

Flight Path & Friends

I am deeply grateful for my caring, compassionate community, both in real life and online. Thank you so much for being a thread in the web that tethers me here, especially on the hard days. I am grateful for you.

If you would like to join us in celebrating Friend Appreciation Day, please consider taking a moment to leave a comment (blog post, social media post), send a text, or make a phone call to let a friend or friends know that you are thinking of them and grateful for them today.

Please take good care, and if you celebrate, Happy Halloween! xYvonne

15 thoughts on “Friend Appreciation Day

  1. Cindy Pieters says:

    I love the idea of a Friend Appreciation Day! You are right we never know what tomorrow or even the next hour holds, take care and have a great day!

  2. Rhonda Pippin says:

    Joy of Friends is the Best feeling !
    I special group quilting friends! ❤️

  3. What a great idea, Yvonne. I’m going to spend the next two days with a quilting friend, so I will honor Friendship Day by celebrating with her!

  4. heather says:

    beautiful idea! thank you! 🙂

  5. Suzanne says:

    What a beautiful idea!
    And as it happens, I’ll be leaving soon today to head for my Monday Quilting Group session. We’ve all been friends for years and always have a great time.

  6. Diane says:

    Happy Friend Day! I appreciate you and all you share about quilting! Thank you.

  7. Karen B says:

    I’m sorry about the loss of your friend but I love the idea of Friend Appreciation day.

  8. I love this idea! I will contact a friend later today that I haven’t talk to much…thanks for the added nudge.

  9. kittywilkin says:

    I’m grateful for you, Yvonne, and your consistent dedication to cultivating this space for connection, reflection, and shared inspiration. I hope you’re well. <3

  10. Patty says:

    What a wonderful idea especially for people like me that are retired. With retirement you lose contact with so many people and after a while of adjustment, you come to want to contact those friends.

  11. bbdolls67 says:

    Yvonne, your blogs are so well written like an childhood friend.

  12. Masa O. says:

    LOVE the observance of Friend Appreciation Day! I took her favorite candy bar to one and sent a card to 2 others. Cheers & blessings to you!

  13. Kate says:

    Friend appreciation day is a great idea. I’ve been so lucky to have so many good friends around me the last week. So sorry for the event that prompted the thought.

  14. Jasmine @ Quilt Kisses says:

    You are a great friend and say the kindest things. Thanks for being you.

  15. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    What a great idea!! I am grateful for you and all that you do for the quilting world. I was so fortunate to have found you in blog world. Thanks!!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)