An Uplifting Archive -
Ouija Cat 2002


Subject:        Your idea of a good friend....

1.      In kindergarten your idea of a good friend was the person who let you
        have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black one.

2.      In first grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went to the 
        bathroom with you and held your hand as you walked through the scary halls.

3.      In second grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped
        you stand up to the class bully.

4.      In third grade your idea of a good friend was the person who shared
        their lunch with you when you forgot yours on the bus.

5.      In fourth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who was
        willing to switch square dancing partners in gym so you wouldn't have to
        be stuck do-si-do-ing with Nasty Nicky or Smelly Susan.

6.      In fifth grade your idea of a friend was the person who saved a seat on
        the back of the bus for you.

7.      In sixth grade your idea of a friend was the person who went up to
        Nick or Susan, your new crush, and asked them to dance with you, so that
        if they said no you wouldn't have to be embarrassed.

8.      In seventh grade your idea of a friend was the person who let you copy
        the social studies homework from the night before that you had.

9.      In eighth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped
        you pack up your stuffed animals and old baseball cards so that your
        room would be a "high schooler's" room, but didn't laugh at you when you
        finished and broke out into tears.

10.     In ninth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went to
        that "cool" party thrown by a senior so you wouldn't wind up being the
        only freshman there.

11.     In tenth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who changed
        their schedule so you would have someone to sit with at lunch.

12.     In eleventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who gave
        you rides in their new car, convinced your parents that you shouldn't be
        grounded, consoled you when you broke up with Nick or Susan, and found you
        a date to the prom.

13.     In twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped
        you pick out a college, assured you that you would get into that college,
        helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard time adjusting to
        the idea of letting you go...

14.     At graduation your idea of a good friend was the person who was crying
        on the inside but managed the biggest smile one could give as they
        congratulated you.

15.       The summer after twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the
        person who helped you clean up the bottles from that party, helped you
        sneak out of the house when you just couldn't deal with your parents, assured
        you that now that you and Nick or you and Susan were back together, you 
        could make it through anything, helped you pack up for college and just 
        silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes at 18 years of memories 
        you were leaving behind, and finally on those last days of childhood, went out of
        their way to come over and send you off with a hug, a lot of memories, 
        reassurance that you would make it in college as well as you had these 
        past 18 years, and most importantly sent you off to college knowing you 
        were loved.

16.       Now, your idea of a good friend is still the person who gives you the
        better of the two choices, hold your hand when you're scared, helps you
        fight off those who try to take advantage of you, thinks of you at times when
        you are not there, reminds you of what you have forgotten, helps you put the
        past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little longer,
        stays with you so that you have confidence, goes out of their way to make
        time for you, helps you clear up your mistakes, helps you deal with pressure
        from others, smiles for you when they are sad, helps you become a better
        person, and most importantly loves you!

Pass on to those friends of the past, and those of the future...and those
you have met along the way... Thank you for being a friend.

No matter where we go or who we become, never forget who helped us get
there. 

There's never a wrong time to pick up a phone or send a message telling
your friends how much you miss them or how much you love them.



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