A Real Friend

  • Anyone can stand by you when you are right. A real friend will stand by you even when you are wrong… 

  • A simple friend identifies himself when he calls. A real friend doesn’t have to. 

  • A simple friend opens a conversation with a full news bulletin on his life. A real friend says, “What’s new with you?” 

  • A simple friend thinks the problems you whine about are recent. A real friend says, “You’ve been whining about the same thing for 14 years. Get off your duff and do something about it.” 

  • 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 hates it when you call after he has 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 simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest. A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself. 

  • A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument. A real friend knows that it’s not a friendship until after you’ve had a fight. 

  • A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend expects always to be there for you 

Bron: Email Sue ©Loes Raaphorst 02/2007