By Josie Whitehead

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A true friend is consistently willing to put your happiness before your friendship. It's said that "good advice grates on the ear," but a true friend won't refrain from telling you something you don't want to hear, something that may even risk fracturing the friendship, if hearing it lies in your best interest. A true friend will not lack the mercy to correct you when you're wrong. A true friend will still be a true friend when the years have slipped by and perhaps you become old together.  I have a true friend whom I first met when I sat by her at 15 years of age - more than 60 years ago.  Unfortunately she has just died, but for years we laughed about things we did together when young, and talk about the shared people in our lives.

Walk through my lifetime

   And be my true friend.

Be someone I trust well:

   On whom I'll depend.


Be there when I need you -

   Be there at my side.

When I have my problems

    In you I’ll confide.


But friendship is two-ways;

    I’m there for you too:

Both loyal and steadfast,

   And constant and true.


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