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Friday, October 27, 2017

On Friendship

Two of my favourite Mom stories . . .

Best Friends.
Little Brother, Blair, arrived home from school tousled, scratched and with a badly torn shirt.
Mom blinked.
Let’s face it, this wasn’t his normal look.
Moving quickly to her disheveled son, she asked the question I think would hover on all our lips. “What happened to you?!”
Blair frowned. “Bruce beat up on me!”
Mom was aghast. (Oooh! Good word!) “How come? Can’t you handle little Bruce?”
I should probably point out that Bruce was a small chap. Half the size of my brother.
“I can’t hit him!” Blair exclaimed. “He’s my friend!”
Many of us are taught to turn the other cheek. Some of us actually do . . .
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In Vietnam a little girl was critically injured by flying shrapnel.
She needed a blood transfusion.
A group of young children were canvassed for a volunteer to give some blood.
One little boy slowly raised his hand.
As the doctor prepared him for the transfusion, the little boy let out a shuddering sob.
When the needle was inserted and the blood began to flow, the sobs became a steady, soft crying.
A nurse spoke to the boy and asked him if he was alright.
The boy looked at her. “When am I going to die?” he asked.
She smiled. “You aren’t going to die.”
“But—what about when all my blood is gone?”
“Oh, Son, we aren’t going to take all your blood. Just a little bit.”
“Oh.”
“You thought you were going to give everything you had and then die?”
He nodded.
“But why, then, would you offer to give this little girl your blood?”
His answer was simple. “Because she is my friend!”



9 comments:

  1. Such beautiful examples of friendship. I'm so glad to live in a time when people in my laptop can be my friends too (did that sound a bit delusional to you too?). Anyway, happy to call you a friend!

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  2. These stories are indeed friendship...something I treasure dearly...with a huge part of my immediate family gone..my friends are very dear to me....and they are my family...

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  3. That little boy was a true friend indeed.

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  4. That little boy was beyond special. I hope life was kind to him.

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  5. That's so sweet. Kids are so smart.

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  6. Friendship is so special ...
    These are wonderful examples.

    All the best Jan

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  7. What a beautiful story. Would we have the courage to give all to a friend? It does make you think.

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  8. oh my, tears here for that sweet little boy giving blood, prepared to die, for his friend.

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