The Gift of Friendship

The Gift of Friendship

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be The Best You Can Be

The Gift of Friendship

When you are sick, friends can sometimes be a better medicine than the kind the doctor gives you.

~Julie Anne, 12

About two weeks before my tenth birthday, I fell while I was Rollerblading and broke my wrist. I had been planning on having my birthday party at a roller rink, and now I wouldn’t even be able to skate at my own party! But because we had sent out the invitations and everything was already planned, we still had to have the party at the roller rink anyway.

On the day of my party, I was standing by the front door of the roller rink greeting my friends while they came in. When one of my friends, Sarah, came in the door, I noticed that she was limping. Sarah told me that she had hurt her leg, and that her parents had told her that she could come to my party anyway if she just took it easy and only skated around the rink one time.

Sarah didn’t even skate once during the whole party. All of my other friends were busy, having a great time skating — but Sarah stayed with me the whole time. We talked about all kinds of stuff: school, our teachers, what boys we like and who we think is cute — and we laughed our heads off. Because of Sarah, my party was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be.

A few weeks later, I saw Sarah’s mom at the store, and I asked her if Sarah’s leg was better. Her mom looked very surprised, and then she told me that she didn’t know what I was talking about. She said that Sarah had never hurt her leg.

It was then that I realized that Sarah had stayed with me at my birthday party just to make me feel better. My true friend, Sarah, gave me the best present of all.

~Ashley Russell, 10

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