My younger sister and her friends are email fanatics. Every forward they receive, they pass it on, and my inbox is usually clutterred with more than one email that are exactly the same. Unfortunately, most of the things they pass on are superstitions, things like, “Do this and your wish will come true” or “If you don’t pass it on, something horrible will happen to you”. Also, they’ve been sending a lot of things about friendship and true friends, and every one of them says “If you don’t send this back to the person who sent it to you, then they’ll know that you’re not their real friend”.

Well, since I despise that sort of thing, I’ve waged a war against these meaningless messages, and I’ve been trying to get them to pass around more useful things. Sometimes, I send them things I find here at RB.

Anyway, I’ve got a new project, and I need some help with it, if you guys don’t mind.

There is one message that discusses friends, and the criteria for finding friends are so trivial and black-and-white, that I’ve realized that no one ever taught these girls what real friendship is about. So, I’ve decided to write one of my own in a simiar format. Here is what I have so far:

Nice friends accept you for who you are.
Forever friends love you and inspire you to change for the better.

Nice friends make you laugh with funny jokes.
Forever friends make your heart smile by just being there.

Nice friends follow you off a cliff.
Forever friends are your wings, either to safety or to great heights.

Nice friends are always fun to be with.
Forever friends are there when you’re in pain, too.

Does anyone have any ideas for more criteria? The original message had the words: real friends and fake friends, which I changed to nice friends and forever friends, though that is still under scrutiny.

Please remember that these are girls on the tween-teen borderline. Nothing too fancy, just straight up and true. And also, if you have any comments on the wording of the ones I already wrote, please let me know.


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