Best Friend Day (BFF Day – Best Friend Forever Day) is a time to enjoy and appreciate your good old buddy, your pal. Always held on June 8, according to Holiday Insights, it is a day to honor and cherish the relationship.

If you’re lucky, you have a best friend. If you are really lucky, you have a number of best friends. Best friends are very, very special people in your life. You spend countless hours with your best friend going to events and activities, or just hanging out. You share secrets, hopes, dreams, aspirations and disappointments with your best friend.

Some folks say you can only have one best friend. I disagree. You can have a couple at the same time, or several over time. Friends come and go for a variety of reasons, even BFFs are sometimes not forever. It’s the result of many things, including moving, changing schools or jobs, and more.

A few years back, I reconnected with my very first BFF from grammar school. We started kindergarten together, went through junior high and high school. Then she went to college out of state and got married, and we lost track of each other for years. Through a collection of friends, we were in a group text and reconnected. Now we stay in touch regularly.

I have made close friendships with my children’s friends’ parents. (It takes a village to raise kids nowadays.) From the time my children started school, there were a network of friends I could count on and I considered best friends.

Work friends may know us best because we have worked together for more than 20 years, and we spend six to eight hours a day with them. They are there every day for the happy times, and they are a shoulder to cry on when we are having a bad day.

Then there is the Sisterhood of the Bunco Babes; whatever happens at Bunco stays at Bunco. That is all I have to say about that.

I hope that you are lucky enough to have a number of best friends over the years. To quote Bill Watterson, “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”

Flag Day is a celebration of the American flag that occurs each year on the anniversary of the flag’s official adoption, June 14.

According to Almanac.com, what we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many different flags with various symbols – rattlesnakes, pine trees, and eagles — and slogans — “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Liberty or Death” and “Conquer or Die,” to name a few.

The Declaration of Independence made the adoption of an American flag necessary. Previously, each colony or special interest had its own flag. On June 14, Congress made the following resolution: “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Our flag has changed its blue field of stars as territories were voted into statehood. Fly your flag proudly today.

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Will you be dining at home, making it a carnivore’s dream come true? Or maybe you’ll take your favorite dads (plural, because we celebrate all the dads: dad-dads, uncles who seem to be the only person who can get through to your teenage son, pet dads, and granddads, all in our family together) out to eat — fewer cleanups that way. But I have found when going out, there is limited time to visit with everyone in the time allotted.

And what do dads really want as a gift for Father’s Day? The No. 1 gift: time with their family. Easy-peasy! Spend time with them over a long lunch or bring lunch to them; interact with them and their hobby; make a point to just hang out. Start a new tradition and call them once a week just to talk and let them know how much you love them. It may be awkward at first but soon you be looking forward to the conversation.

Flower of the day: Daisies

Recipe of the day: Friendship Bread Starter

Dates to remember:

June 14 — Flag Day

June 19 — Father’s Day

June 21 — Summer solstice

July 4 — Independence Day

Until next week — Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.