Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Friendship

My Dear Son:

Another subject I talk to you about late in the night is about friendships. I think it's safe to say that for the most part, it's nearly every mother's worry that her son or daughter find good friendships, and know the difference between a true friend and an acquaintance. You will meet many acquaintances in life. Those are the people that, for one reason or the other, destiny has you meet. 

You may never see them again! Or you may see them regularly, but not really have much in common. Or, those people may live their lives so differently and do things that you don't really like, or that you believe is harmful. So, I've learned you just trust that there's a reason you met them, but you don't have to feel obligated to do anything more if destiny seems to pull you away.
 
Then there are those people who are true friends. It doesn't mean you'll always agree on everything, and you may even occasionally have a fight. But it does mean that this person would never do anything to intentionally harm you. This person might even like you first for your toys or your things, but somewhere along the line it goes deeper than that. They also enjoy your personality, they have certain things in common with you, and they understand you. They enjoy being around you, and you, around them. No matter how bad things seem, they're there to cheer you up. When the chips are down, when it seems that you couldn't have made a bigger mistake, they choose to forgive you and remain by your side.

Then there's that part of you that has to be a friend, also. To have a friend you have to be a friend, and treat your friends as you want to be treated.

There's a lot more about friendship, but I'll save that for another letter.

Just know that I love you, and that's what these letters are all about. 



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