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originally posted by: DAVID64
What is your definition of that word? I meet people all the time who say they have hundreds or thousands of "friends" on Facebook, Twitter or some other site and I wonder, "How can they call them friends?". It is such a strange concept to me. They don't really know them, have only seen a few shallow comments on shallow subjects, yet still call them "friend, like they've known them all their lives.
I have neighbors I say Hi to and talk to when we're out in the yard, but they're not my friends. They are people I talk to almost every day and help them when they need it, but......they're not my friends.
I guess my definition of that word is quite different from most. If I call you my friend, it means something to me. It means that no matter what, I'm there, right behind you, ready to do whatever it is you need. It means I consider you to be a member of my family and I will protect you with my life. My family is the most important thing in the world to me and the fact that I let you in to that circle of people should tell you that you are very privileged. I've had 4 in my entire life and all are gone now, with no one I've met in decades worth giving that title.
My friends could walk in to my house and treat it like their own. They could hop in my truck and take off, no questions asked. I knew those people so well and trusted them enough, that I would put my children's lives in their hands and have complete faith that they would die themselves, before ever letting anything happen to my kids. They were people that, if they said they needed money, my only question was "How much you want?" Because I knew that they weren't just asking to be a bum, they needed that money and would pay me back if they had to crawl through Hell to do it. I had complete faith that those people felt the same about me and I could depend on them no matter what I asked for.
The only one I have left is my sister. For well over 30 years now, we've shared a saying.."Lawyers, guns and money". If she calls and says that, she knows I'll come running, because like the man said "the sh** has hit the fan".
And you get bonus points if you know where that comes from WITHOUT USING GOOGLE.
My friends knew I would protect them and their's and I knew they would do the same for me at. all. costs.
How many "friends" do you have?