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Essays by KT


Affirming Diversity
Which Way Home
Mis experiencias con español
La figura de la madre
La redención
Manifestations of the Divine Brahma
The Six Models of the Church
Affirmative Action
A Friend Is
A persuadir
Aprovecha el día
Armas de fuego
Asperger's Disorder
ASDs: Autism
Black Friday
Book Intro
Big Boys Dont Cry?
Cancion del pirata
Cell Phones
Cathedral Within
Change the World
Child Care
Civil Society
Christian Family
Organ Donation
Deanne Bray
Drug Testing
Faith in Narnia
Fast Food?
Guns and Games
Grenz Review
The Odyssey
I Am
Jesus the Christ
Keep the Laws!
La ciencia
La inmigración
Louis Braille
Marriage Reflection
Mi lugar de refugio
My Life (Erikson)
My Special Place
Reflection -Marriage
Romance sonámbulo
Public-service values
Semana Santa
Spe Salvi
Teen Suicide
Un Santo legendario
Better World
The Four Loves
"Jesus Freak" Picture
Mona Lupe
Mother of Jesus
Holy Eucharist
Religión en Niebla
The U.S. Economy
Todo es regalo
Trip to NY ...
True Friends
Una lección
Unlikeliest Friends
Santo legendario
Vs. and Verses
What's the Diff?
Walsh Review
Means to be Human
Million dollars

June 19th, 2006
Definition Essay
Freshman English I  (ENGL100)

     Everyone wants one, everyone needs one, and everyone has one: a special someone who you can call your friend.  But what exactly is a friend?

     F-R-I-E-N-D: Friend.  Pronunciation: frend.  Part of speech: noun.  The American College Dictionary defines “friend” as:

1.     One attached to another by feelings of personal regard.

2.     A well-wisher, patron, or supporter.

3.     One who is on good terms with another; one not hostile.

     To me, a friend is much more than this.  They are not only “someone who is attached to another by feelings of personal regard.”  They are someone who cares for another unconditionally.  They are not only “a well-wisher, patron, or supporter.”  They are someone who is there for another through the good times and the bad, no matter how difficult it may be.  They are not only “someone who is on good terms with another” or “someone who is not hostile.”  They are someone who loves another entirely.

     “What is a friend?  A single soul dwelling in two bodies” (Aristotle).  “A friend is one before whom I may think aloud” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).  “The real friend can share all our sorrow and double our joys” (B.C. Forbes).

     “Friend: One who knows all about you and loves you just the same” (Elbert Hubbard).  “A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away” (Anonymous).

     “A true friend gives freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeable” (William Penn).  “A true friend doesn’t care what I’ve done or where I’ve been; there’s an unconditional commitment that will never die” (Michael W. Smith).  “Friendship is celebrating each other’s successes and bearing each other’s burdens” (Unknown).

     This is what a friend is.  You share each other’s sorrows and joys.  You know each other’s biggest fears.  You rejoice in each other’s successes.  You endure each other’s burdens.  You know and keep each other’s deepest secrets.  They know your heart’s desire and you know theirs.

     Amigo, buddy, chum, comrade.  Crony, mate, pal.  Whatever the word, a friend is a friend.  Ally, backer, confidant, companion.  Defender, encourager, partner.  Playmate, sidekick, supporter.  A friend is all of these.  But, most of all, a friend is a special person who no amount of words could ever describe.  As Samuel Johnson said, “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over, so in a series of kindnesses there is a last one that makes the heart run over.”

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