Do you know True friendship goes much further than superficially
knowing people, or getting on well with lots of people.
Let's get to read this Pedro Pablo Sacristán's story.
Fiona Famous was a very popular girl at
school. She was clever and fun, and got on well
with everyone. It was no accident that Fiona was
so popular . From an early age she had made an
effort to be kind and friendly to everyone. She
invited the whole class to her birthday party, and
from time to time she would give presents to
everybody. She was such a busy girl, with so
many friends, that she hardly got a chance to
spend time with individual friends . However, she
felt very lucky; no other girl had so many friends
at school and in the neighborhood.
But everything changed on National
Friendship Day. On that day, at school, everyone
was having a great time, drawing, painting, giving
gifts. That day in class everyone had to make
three presents to give to their three best friends .
Fiona enjoyed the task of choosing three from
amongst all the dozens of her friends.
However, when all the presents had been
made and shared out among classmates, Fiona
was the only one who had not received a present!
She felt terrible, and spent hours crying. How
could it be possible? So much effort to make so
many friends, and in the end no one saw her as
their best friend? Everyone came and tried to
console her for a while. But each one only stayed
for a short time before leaving .
This was exactly what Fiona had done so
many times to others.
She realized that she was a good companion and
acquaintance, but she had not been a true friend
to anyone. She had tried not to argue with
anyone, she had tried to pay attention to
everyone, but now she had found out that that
was not enough to create true friendship .
When she got home that night , created
quite a puddle with her tears, and Fiona asked her
mother where she could find true friends.
"Fiona, my dear," answered her mother, "you
cannot buy friends with a smile or a few good
words . If you really want true friends, you will
have to give them real time and affection. For a
true friend you must always be available, in good
times and bad".
"But I want to be everybody's friend! I need
to share my time among everyone!", Fiona
"My dear, you're a lovely girl," said her
mother, "but you can't be a close friend to
everybody . There just isn't enough time to be
available for everyone, so it's only possible to
have a few true friends. The others will by
playmates or acquaintances, but they won't be
Hearing this, Fiona decided to change her
ways so that she could finally have some true
friends . That night, in bed, she thought about
what she could do to get them.
She thought about her mother . Her mother was
always willing to help her, she put up with all of
Fiona's dislikes and problems, she always forgave
her, she loved her a great deal...
That was what makes friends!
And Fiona smiled from ear to ear, realizing
that she already had the best friend anyone could