IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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And every six months, she would trade in her aging sheep for a new one.  Because without a little lamb, Mary didn’t know who she was.  – @ANDREWHIBBARD

God has blessed me with so many friends – most of them named Mary.  All of them are Christian musicians – go figure!  They don’t know each other, but if they could get together and form a band called “The Merry Mary Band” – I think it would be pretty cool.

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Let’s swear each with our pinky
We’ll be the best of friends
Until we are old and wrinkly!
– Author Unknown

Of course the best known Mary is the virgin mother of Jesus.  There is also Mary Magdalene, but it’s a very popular name in the Christian world.  In England it has been used since the 12th century, and it has been among the most common feminine names since the 16th century.

Mary is derived from the Latin Maria and is also used in English as well as in several other languages.  It means:  Wished-for child; rebellion; bitter.  I was surprised by that meaning.

Two queens of England were named Mary, as well as a Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Shelley wrote “Frankenstein”.

My Mary friends are all very sweet and kind.  They’re also crazy to the core – but to be my friend, well…  they’d have to be!

The sweetest fictional character of all time was the very independent and street-wise Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.  The working woman of the 1970’s.  She let kids like me know that we really could make it in this man’s world without letting go of our nice side.

I’m also reminded of the wise and wonderful fictional character by the name of Mary – Mary Poppins.  This book by P.L. Travers convinced me that all women named Mary have the ability to fly with the aid of an umbrella.  My Mary friends have not revealed their hidden talents with an umbrella to me yet – but I keep asking!  🙂

 

 

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UMBRELLA DAY

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Regardless of the weather in your neck of the woods, today you will need an umbrella because it is UMBRELLA DAY!!!  This handy little invention protects us from the elements year around.  It can keep us dry and help keep the UV rays of the sun from doing damage to delicate skin in the summertime.  I doubt we will be needing an umbrella for that purpose today.  Most of us are still firmly in winter’s grip.

This is for my friends in the eastern United States.

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I love all things retro, maybe because I’m old.  How about a 1950’s umbrella fashion show?

An umbrella is the one accessory that can be a little off the wall.  At one time I had one with music notes all over it and a keyboard around the edges.  Why have a boring old black umbrella?  I think letting your personality shine through is a great idea!

Now, among the heresies that are spoken in this matter is the habit of calling a grey day a “colourless” day. Grey is a colour, and can be a very powerful and pleasing colour…. A grey clouded sky is indeed a canopy between us and the sun; so is a green tree, if it comes to that. But the grey umbrellas differ as much as the green in their style and shape, in their tint and tilt. One day may be grey like steel, and another grey like dove’s plumage. One may seem grey like the deathly frost, and another grey like the smoke of substantial kitchens.  – G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions, “The Glory of Grey”

Then I suppose some people would be happy with a grey umbrella – huh.

There is a facebook page to visit, though it doesn’t look like much has been posted lately.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Umbrella-Day/216304411725112

I think the most memorable character with an umbrella in my mind is Mary Poppins, the all-together Nanny to two adorable children.

Who could forget Gene Kelly singing in the rain?

How about a great country song?

And finally, the little paper umbrellas we dress up our beverages with.

Somebody is getting ready for…  MARDI GRAS!!!  LOL…  too cute!

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Whether you prance around with your umbrella at work, watch an old movie with a signature umbrella, listen to a country song about little umbrellas or make cocktail umbrellas…  remember to share the memory with someone.  It’s all about making memories.  Wink!  😉