Two Kinds of Friends

(Author Unknown)

  • A simple friend stands by you when you are right. A real friend stands 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 brings a bottle of wine to your party. A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
  • 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 wonders about your romantic history. A real friend could blackmail you with it.
  • 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 to always be there for you.

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