Friday, December 11, 2009

What is a Friend?

Often when I talk to people, I’m led to believe they’re among the most popular people in the world. This is because they talk about their multitude of friends. That all has me wondering how exactly we define a friend.

Most people (especially my age) define anyone they’ve had more than a couple of conversations with/hang out with occasionally as a “friend.” But that is more like an acquaintance.

A friend would fly across the country at a moment’s notice to see you if you’re sick, or come to your funeral. A friend would take care of your children if something happened to you and raise them as if they were their own. The sad truth is that most of have far fewer friends than we think. Many of us may have none.

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