Last week, this “forward” landed in my mailbox –
Are you tired of those sissy “friendship” poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality?
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship. Just the stone cold truth of our friendship.
1. When you are sad — I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you that way.
2. When you are blue — I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile — I will know you finally got laid.
4. When you are scared — I will rag on you about it every chance I get.
5. When you are worried — I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.
6. When you are confused — I will use little words.
7. When you are sick — Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don’t want to catch whatever you have.
8. When you fall — I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.
9. This is my oath….. I pledge it to the end. “Why?” you may ask?, “Because you are my friend”. Friendship is like peeing in your pants: everyone can see it, but only you can feel the true warmth.
It only ends at number 9. I thought, why not ten, the perfect ten?
Here’s the friendship beyond chopsticks story that made up the number 10 –
10. When I know you collect chopsticks – I will try all means to steal from the restaurants I visit during my official duty at the risk of smearing the newspaper’s name.
One of my journalists recently went to China on an official assignment. He brought back one set of chopsticks (picture above) and the story behind it.
He and his group of delegates went to a restaurant to dine. The restaurant has very unique and seemingly very expensive chopsticks. Each customer were given a pair and had the name registered. Knowing that he would not be able to just take one pair “conveniently”, he asked whether the restaurant could give him a pair as souvenir for his friend. The restaurant said a firm no. He asked if he could buy a pair, it was again a firm no.
“I am prepared to steal one pair for you because of friendship.” he jokingly said.
That’s friendship, yay!
But, he did not. He bought ten pairs instead!
Picture taken at a corner of my office. See how I enjoy life in a busy news office?
True friendship also aplenty!