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Best Friends
Julie, Age 15, Appleton, WI

Rai Singh once said, ďA true friend knows when thereís something wrong even when you have the biggest smile on your face.Ē But none of my friends did this. They didnít care about me, itís was like Iím not even there. My friends didnít act how a friend was supposed to act. Friends should accept you for who you are, but none of my friends did.

This happened during my 7th grade. As I walked into class that morning, I saw two of my friends talking about something. I pretended to do my work, and yet eavesdrop on what my two best friends were talking about. I overheard that it was his birthday and he wanted to have a birthday party to celebrate his birthday. I knew right away that he would invite me since we have been best friends since 4th grade. They made invitations cards to give to people. I thought I was going to get one, but I didnít. I thought maybe he would give me one on his birthday, so I bought him a present, which I was going to give him at his birthday party. But when I didnít get the invitation, at the end of the day, I felt sad and confused because I wondered why he would not invite me. Then I felt sad and couple of tears ran down my cheek. A couple of days later went by later, I asked them why they didnít invited me. They told me that they didnít like me, since I didnít talk and I was quiet. I felt horrible and disappointed. I told my older sister, Nancy about it and she told me that theyíre not my true friends. A true friend should accept you for who you are, and will be there for you even if youíre sad or happy. So, I had to make a choice, if I should stay with my friends or make new friends and forget about them.

They apologized to me, saying how bad they felt when they told me that they didnít like me. I decided to accept it, but I wish I hadnít, because they still act the same way. They treated me poorly. However, I finally realized what true friends really mean and learned to accept who I am. Be happy with who you are and find friends who will accepted you for who you really are. There is someone out there who will be your true friends; you just have to find him/her.

 
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