Mitchell - Springdale, Arkansas
Entered on October 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
  • Podcasts

    Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about the This I Believe project, educational opportunities and more...

  • Top Essays USB Drive

    This USB drive contains 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow's radio series of the 1950s. It's perfect for personal or classroom use! Click here to learn more.

I believe everyone needs good friends. I believe this because good friends can help through hard times such as when people are depressed or when people are in trouble. For example when I was younger my friend Tanner Counts would always help me out whenever I needed help. He would help me clean my room, wash my parent’s cars, and mow the lawn. Tanner definitely helped me get through a lot of hardships and depressing times. Another friend that got me through hard times was James Griffin. James has also helped me a lot in school related problems and times that happened at home. He helped me go through a lot of hard things like losing my dog Duke and when I almost gave up trying to do a back flip on the trampoline he told me to keep trying until I got it.

Both Tanner and James have helped me through a lot of hard times where I really needed their help. One day, when I was walking home from T.G. Smith Elementary I was carrying my dad’s saxophone home because he came to play for the music class. When I was about half way down the road I tripped over an extension cord that just happened to be lying around on the ground. I fell on the ground with a great big bang and when I looked at my knee, blood was gushing out of it. Next thing I know Tanner and James were there helping me back home where they put Band-Aids on me and helping me recover.

Another time when my friends helped me when I needed it was when I was in middle school. I was walking down the hallway and someone hit me and I dropped all my stuff. My things scattered all over the dirty hallway floor and everyone was stepping on it. Luckily, James was on his way to class and saw my stuff all over the floor. James helped me pick up all my stuff before the bell for the next class rang.

Lately, I was walking home from school and my euphonium, music, lyre, flip folder, valve oil, and grease fell out of my case with a BANG! My horn was dented, but at least I had James to help me pick all of my stuff up and helped me walk all the way back to my house. On the way home James. helped me carry my Euphonium and my music home. Good friends are really good to have around when things are not going right and can really help when something bad happens. This is why I believe everyone needs good friends because they can help when people need help and can guide people through hard times that they are having. So get a friend because they are well worth having around with you when times are tough and hard.