What Makes a True Friend
In my life, there have been so many friends that have touched me, changed me and supported me. But once in a while someone comes along and stands out above the rest because of their unfailing loyalty, much-needed humor and true kindness. Her name is Vicki and she entered my life only a few years ago. In that time, I have come to know her and have found that she is just that kind of friend.
Vicki has always proven herself to be very loyal. A few years ago, we were both working on a project with other team members. We were under pressure to finish and of course tempers flared in the group. I left the room to go make copies for the project binder. When I came back, people were very quiet and no one would make eye contact with me except Vicki. I just knew something was up. Later on, I asked her if “something” happened while I was gone. It turned out that one of my so-called “friends” began to talk about me behind my back. Vicki chose to stick up for me and say something in my defense while the others just sat silent. It’s awful hard to do that in a large group of women but she did because loyalty matters to her.
Being funny at just the right moment is another great thing about Vicki. Her humor is quick and witty! She’s not a big talker so she listens well. This is how she knows when you need to laugh. I remember a tough time in my life with both work and home. One afternoon, I was very upset about something and I couldn’t see a way out of it. Vicki looked at me with that devious look in her eyes and came up with a quick little comment—some real poetic justice that made me laugh before my tears came and turned my day around. That’s the humor I needed and she knew it.
But Vicki’s kindness is what really draws you to her. Throughout the years she has shown me such kindness, whether she shared food, plans, money, personal details and even giving me thoughtful gifts for no reason at all....
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