A Friend . . .

A Friend . . .

From Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

A Friend . . .

Friendships multiply joys and divide grief.

Thomas Fuller

Recently, one of my best friends, whom I’ve shared just about everything with since the first day of kindergarten, spent the weekend with me. Since I moved to a new town several years ago, we’ve both always looked forward to the few times a year when we can see each other.

Over the weekend we spent hours and hours, staying up late into the night, talking about the people she was hanging around with. She started telling me stories about her new boyfriend, about how he experimented with drugs and was into other self-destructive behavior. I was blown away! She told me how she had been lying to her parents about where she was going and even sneaking out to see this guy because they didn’t want her around him. No matter how hard I tried to tell her that she deserved better, she didn’t believe me. Her self-respect seemed to have disappeared.

I tried to convince her that she was ruining her future and heading for big trouble. I felt like I was getting nowhere. I just couldn’t believe that she really thought that it was acceptable to hang with a bunch of losers, especially her boyfriend.

By the time she left, I was really worried about her and exhausted by the experience. It had been so frustrating, I had come close to telling her several times during the weekend that maybe we had just grown too far apart to continue our friendship—but I didn’t. I put the power of friendship to the ultimate test. We’d been friends for far too long. I had to hope that she valued me enough to know that I was trying to save her from hurting herself. I wanted to believe that our friendship could conquer anything.

A few days later, she called to say that she had thought long and hard about our conversation, and then she told me that she had broken up with her boyfriend. I just listened on the other end of the phone with tears of joy running down my face. It was one of the truly rewarding moments in my life. Never had I been so proud of a friend.

Danielle Fishel

A Friend . . .

Won’t allow you to self-destruct.

Will take all the time that’s needed, no matter what time of day, to listen to your problems and give you her best advice.

Is someone who can open up and be herself around you.

Will swallow her pride to take your advice.

Will never write you off.

Danielle Fishel

Is someone who keeps promises, tells the truth, makes time for you and is someone to laugh with.

Leah Hatcher, age 14

Is a person who knows what you are saying, even if you’re not talking.

Understands what you’re feeling, even if you don’t understand your own feelings.

Will always forgive you, usually before you forgive yourself.

Sarah Bennett, age 13

Will do something for you and not ask for a favor in return.

Comes and cheers for you at your games.

Roman Zaccuri, age 12

Will always say that you look great—even if you don’t.

Will tell you if you have something in your teeth.

Katie Adnoff, age 13

Doesn’t talk bad about you.

Martina Miller, age 12

Has a special place in your heart and is always there when you need them.

Meghan Gilstrap, age 14

Is someone who will hold in a laugh when you make a fool out of yourself.

Stays after school when you get in trouble, to help you write 250 sentences.

Danielle Uselton, age 12

Is someone that you respect, who respects you and shares their feelings.

Jorge Prieto, age 11

Makes you feel good about yourself.

Encourages you to reach for your goals.

Never gets jealous of you.

Megan Preizer, age 12

Shares the good times and helps out by listening during the bad times.

Molly Oliver, age 9

Never tells a secret they promise not to tell.

Doesn’t talk about you to other friends.

Is forever and for life.

Angie Porter, age 12

Is there for you even when you feel like the world is against you.

MeShelle Locke, age 13

Will open the door for you no matter how late it is.

Would never betray you.

Helps you make new friends.

Eun Joo Shin, age 13

Might get in fights with you but will always forgive you.

Gina Pozielli, age 12

Is someone who will share lunch with you if you forgot yours.

Hayley Valvano, age 12

Doesn’t laugh when someone makes a mean joke about you.

Brittany Miller, age 12

Likes you for who you are and not what you look like, because that is what really matters.

Marleigh Dunlap, age 11

Never makes fun of anything you have or do.

Jessica Ann Farley, age 10

Helps you get up when you fall at the roller-skating rink.

Elisabeth Hansen, age 12

Is not about beauty or popularity, but it is someone who likes your personality.

Is with you to the end.

Renny Usbay, age 12

Doesn’t always think the way that you do.

Is a person who will tell on you when you are doing drugs or smoking.

Is someone that tells you when you are wrong, but not in a bad way.

Stephanie Lane, age 12

Is someone that your own mom trusts, too.

Mike Curtis, age 13

Is not afraid to be seen with you.

Will laugh at your jokes, even if they’re bad.

Geoff Rill, age 12

Never blames everything on you.

Tania Garcia, age 13

Will give you the last bite of their candy bar.

Is a present that you can open again and again.

Natalie Citro, age 12

Is someone who believes you when nobody else will.

Ashley Parole, age 12

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