Yesterday, I put on my renegade hat and rescued a friend. This friend doesn't speak any English but understands it well. He prefers his own dialect.I've watched this friend grow wiser, braver and tougher, yet, always keep a playful, funny outlook on life. He lives at the hospital where I work and those of us that have grown fond of him, watch out for him.
Imagine the horror when I found that someone didn't appreciate his sense of humor and warm personality. They wanted Velvet Elvis to leave the premises and they were going to help him. I was shocked to find my furry friend in a trap, prepared to be hauled off to the animal shelter where he would be put to sleep. That person apparently didn't realize or understand the value of Velvet Elvis's friendship.
I saw the look in Velvet Elvis's eye and I did the only thing a true friend would do. I crawled through the bushes, sprung the trap, told him, "Go! Go! Run Velvet Elvis, run!" He took one look at me and then ran for his life.
I walked back into my office, covered in dirt and leaves. I told my co-workers, "Don't ask. I did what I had to do."
You know, that's the way true friendships are. Their value is even greater than the value of marriage. They are there when you say I do. When you have that first argument. When you hurt and there's no words to explain it. They laugh with you. Are never embarrassed to be seen with you. They celebrate milestones and give their unbiased opinions (even though sometimes, it hurts.) Friends are people you can accidentally fart around and instread of them giving you "that look" - they laugh right along with you. They very seldom make promises that they can't keep but when they do, they are willing to apologize and explain.
Do you have that kind of friend? Are you that kind of friend? If not, go out and make a friend with someone. You'd be surprised at how many lonely people there are that feel as if they haven't got a friend.
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