By Yoke-Yin Chong Purcaro
"A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother." ~ Benjamin Franklin
a friend of mine, bought a little book for me called Always
a Friend - Celebrating the Gift of Friendship from her vacation.
The contents of this book are the scripture quotations taken from the
Holy Bible, as well as quotations from some
well known people in the world. One of the quotations from this book is ďA
brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.Ē spoken by
Benjamin Franklin. That is true!! Your brother might not always be there to help
you; but, most of the time; your friend will be the one who is there for you.
canít imagine what my life would be without friends. Once, I thought a friend
was just another person to go shopping
with you, to hang out with you, to talk
to you when you are bored. Yet, later, I discovered that
a friend is not just another person, but someone who will share your happiness
and sadness. After living by myself for thirteen years, I truly understand the
meaning of friendship. While Iím so far away from my family, I have my friends
to share the ups and downs in my life.
many friends from all over the world with different cultures and languages. The
majority of them are my high school friends. And I still have one friend whom I
met in third grade. My friends, who live far away in such places as
I graduated, I was struggling with job hunting. I spent almost a year trying to
find a job that related to my studies. Bonnie is a lady I met from the Dean of
Student at Cal State Fullerton. She is not just a friend of mine, but also a
counselor, a listener and a teacher. We talk and share a lot about our lives.
From our conversations, I realized that there is no ďuselessĒ person in this
world. She always makes me think in positive ways and encourages me to do things
that I would like to do. We used to go to the beach and have long conversations.
On my birthday, she would spend the whole day with me in Huntington Library. On
my graduation, she was the one to share my happiness. I donít even remember
how many sleepless nights I had due to the pressures in life; but, I was lucky
enough to have a friend like Bonnie who would patiently listen to me, and talk
to me about my fears.
Iíve lost contacted with some of my friends. Sometimes, when I looked at the photos we took together, I really miss them. I donít know where they are, and how they are doing right now. I wonder if they miss me like I miss them, and I wonder if they still remember me, a friend of theirs.