Be a good friend

by Stephen on November 7, 2012 · 21 comments

in Inspirational stories

This story was read to me in class the other day because bullying is an issue that is being dealt with around my area right now so I thought I’d share it with you. Just a heads up this made my teacher and many others in my class to tear up…


One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle.

It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.”

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon) so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.

His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.

As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.”

He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!”

There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him to pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before.

He said he had gone to private school until now. I had never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.

I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends, he said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!”

He just laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors we began to think about college.

Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.

Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school.

He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous! Today was one of those days.

I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!”

He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks!” he said. As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began:

“Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach…but mostly your friends… I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.”

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.

He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.

He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.

“Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.”

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.

I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth. Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another in some way.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1. Roopa — November 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Really nice one, people who have experienced it, understand better !! It’s very tough to be a good friend and retain a good friendship !!

2. Miguel Santiago, Puerto Rico — November 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

The power of a true friendship. We need more friends that are willing to point out our weaknesses and fears. An agreeable friend is not a true friend. The world can become a better world if we all try to be a good friend. Thanks.

3. Kanna — November 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

Really a very nice story thanks to that guy and kaash I have such a friend!!!!!!!!! :)

4. Lalita — November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Too Good! and as they say that we can really save the suicide if at right moment help is provided, that’s why now there are many helpline dealing with crisis.

5. Sasha — November 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

A really nice story……yeah! Life without friends isn’t easy………..LOVELY!!!

6. Trupti Shelke — November 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

It was a beautiful story, the simplicity that relationship carries even in the hard times and every-time makes it more deeper and simpler too. To all lovely friendship.

7. Nelson M. Malicdem Jr. — November 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Very wonderful story… We should value the people around us special those who treat us as a friend, value them and love them. And let us show goodness to everyone, and be their strength in time of difficulties. God bless…

8. Bridgett — November 14, 2012 at 4:05 am

Powerful powerful story. Thanks for sharing….God bless!!

9. Suresh L. Jadhav — November 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

Yes it’s Fascinating! Help & Help will come. A Friend in Need is a Friend in Deed. Do not Expect & you will be Happy & Satisfied.

10. Shahid ali Danish — November 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Very interesting story, thanks.

11. Eva Joy Iguana — November 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm

So nice..great lessons to everyone! It reminds me the value of true friendship….

12. Vijay — November 23, 2012 at 4:58 am

The story was awesome!!! Life is not easy without true friends. Good one.

13. Shloka — November 26, 2012 at 2:20 am

Very great story …. without true friends life becomes lifeless…. :(

14. Prosper — November 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Friends for real.

15. Jayson — January 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

I got tears while I’m in the middle of the story due to my best friend who already passed away 8 years ago..!

Great story about friendship! I hope someone will fill my loneliness to my friend..

16. Sherwin — January 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

Really a heart touching story. I had tears in my eyes.

17. Sukanya — March 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Very good story, really heart touching.

18. Devendra — April 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

It was a really nice and heart touching story…

19. RuTh Ventoza — April 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

It’s a more meaningful story and I love this:)

20. Emerald — July 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm

So touching story, made me tears……

21. Ashanti — September 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

It was ok!!

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