Come off it, when last did you ask yourself, ‘what kind of friend am I’? In all honesty, this just crossed my my mind, giving rise to the question, ‘how many kind of friend can there be?’ Well, there are essentially two, simple and real (or true) friends.
A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest. A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself (and doesn’t feel even the least bit weird shutting your ‘beer/Pepsi drawer’ with her foot!)
A simple friend has never seen you cry. A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.
A simple friend doesn’t know your parents’ first names. A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.
A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party. A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
A simple friend hates it when you call after they’ve gone to bed. A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems. A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
A real friend wonders about your romantic history. A simple friend could blackmail you with it.
A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument. A real friend calls you after you had a fight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend expects to always be there for you!
Now, where do you belong? There is actually no straddling on the fence: You’re either here or there. Period. Remember, friendship is like wine; it gets better as it grows older. Never abandon an old friend. You will never find one who can take his place. There’s tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
Can you think of anyone you can share this piece with? It keeps us together, like our Circle of Friends.