Those words were said by Charles Dickens, and they still sure fit today.
I love having Patti and Petie as friends, but I also have other friends, too. I get to share my thoughts and dreams, my successes and failures and have lots of fun with all kinds of people.
By having friends outside of my family, I get to learn how other people live, what they believe in, different foods they eat and holidays they celebrate.
The most important thing I learned about keeping friends is that you have to trust them ~ there’s no gossiping and no saying cruel things. Sometimes that is hard for me to do, but I’m learning how to hold my tongue and not judge people for what they’re wearing or how they look. After all, appearances can be deceiving. Oh, and there should never be pressure to do something you don’t want to do. I know how important it is to just be myself ~ people like me because of who I am, not because I’m making believe I’m someone else.
On those days when I’m feeling sad or lonely, I think of Carole King’s song You’ve Got a Friend. It’s one of my favorite songs to sing to help pick me up and remember I just need to reach out to one of my friends and talk about what’s going on:
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
Petie’s the same way. He meets a lot of his friends from playing ball and has no qualms joining a pick up game with people he doesn’t know.
Patti’s different ~ she’s shy and likes a lot of alone time, so she doesn’t make friends very easily. The friends she does have are really tight though. She’s such a good listener and that’s something she taught me to be with my friends. To not talk all the time, to let the other person talk about him or herself.
He’s different like me, even his hair color is vibrant like mine, and he has the same ambition to be famous, which is great. I made sure to introduce him to my family, and they immediately fell in love with him. His name is Bean and he has his own show, Bean’s Monkey Business. And, just like us, Bean has his own blog where you can become his friend, too.
So remember, when making friends, you want to:
- Accept people for who they are;
- Listen to what the other person has to say;
- Ask questions;
- Don’t gossip or be cruel;
- Be positive and honest;
- Be yourself; and most importantly,
- Have fun.
Happiness is time spent with a friend
and looking forward to sharing time with them again.
~ Lee Wilkinson
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