The Definition of Friendship

Candra - Fort Collins, Colorado
Entered on November 3, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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The Definition of Friendship

Do you think that you could trust your friends with your life? Or, even with a problem that has been eating you up inside? I believe that you should be able to trust your friends to help you through any problem or situation that you are going through.

When I was in seventh grade I had this friend. Kelly was very nice, but I could tell there was something more going on in her life than she was letting on. You could see something in her chocolate brown eyes just yearning to come out, but waiting for someone to see her pain. Everyone else went about their business and didn’t care enough to notice or they didn’t want to notice that something was wrong. So being the inquisitive person that I am I asked her what was wrong. Thinking that like everyone else she would just tell me that she was fine and go on to another subject, I didn’t really pay attention to what she was saying. Kelly told me that she wanted to kill herself. Now that really got my attention. I asked her why she wanted to end her life and all she said to is that she hated everyone and that everyone hated her, so there was no point for her to go on living if she had to live this way. On that sad note, we went our separate ways to class. We were in two different classes but all our other friends were in my class so I had a chance to tell them what Kelly had told me without her even knowing. I talked to our friend Maggie about Kelly’s situation and she told me to ignore Kelly and tell her to get over herself. Knowing that my other friends wouldn’t care since Maggie had already said that she didn’t, and they would go along with whatever she said, I went to talk to Kelly’s favorite teacher. She was really worried about Kelly so we called her mom and told her what was going on. She was frantic. Later that week Kelly called me and asked me what I had done to make everyone suddenly care so much about her. People that she didn’t even know that well were coming up to her and telling her they appreciated her. Kelly then went on to tell me that she had decided against suicide.

This is why I believe friends can help you through any problem. Have you ever had a friend that you can completely trust? I hope that if you haven’t that you will find one because they can and will be your saving grace. Remember, I’ll lean on you, you’ll lean on me and we’ll be okay.