At we celebrate lots of "odd days" like Banana Bread Day. Oftentimes as I look ahead at the list of events I think, "Gosh, why is anyone going to want to celebrate ____?" Banana Bread Day might be one of those days people aren't really sure they need or want to celebrate.

Banana Bread Day is a day that will allow me to do just what we're supposed to do with these crazy days: reach out to a friend who once reached out to me. Here's why:

When my son was 4 months old he was diagnosed with several serious food allergies. Eating out was hard, making meals at home was a challenge at first and enjoying a meal at a friend's home was always tricky. All of our friends were wonderful about making sure there were plenty of options that were "safe" for my son to eat, but one friend in particular always went out of her way to make sure there was something special. She had lots of fun recipes she would try. Many were for banana bread, which we often told my son was banana cake! Now whenever we need to make bread, muffins or banana cake we say "let's get Melissa's recipe" and we get started.

Today I will celebrate Banana Bread Day by reaching out to my friend Melissa to say "THANK YOU" for helping me and my family. I'm sure she'll say "of course, that's what friends do!"