FriendsA friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back toyou when you have forgotten the words. Good morning to the panel of honourable judges, teachers and friends. On this fine morning, I would like to talkabout “Friends”.On this planet, who can’t live without friends? Everyone. Bart Simpson wouldhave died of boredom with his sister, Lisa. That would not happen because hehas Milhouse of The Simpsons to tag along with him. We need our peers to liveour lives, to joke around, and to help us with our mischievous plots. Who woulddare to tell an adult about our plans?Friendship is a blessing, and a friend is the channel through whom greatemotional and spiritual blessings flow. Friends will cheer us up when we are fullof depression. With eyes full of sorrow, we are bound to get attention themoment our friends notice. We usually just want them to hang around with us, tohave a good time, to act silly and just be ourselves.Remember the guy you had a crush on? That oh so hot Edward Cullen inTwilight? With his delicious sultry blue eyes and charming British accent thatwould make your heart melt the instant he talks. During the days our favouriteHollywood artistes are famous, we tend to get carried away to Day Dream Land.Students our age are most probably to tell our buddies on how awesome theyare. I’m sure none of you would go screaming to your mum and say “Mum!Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen is soooo hot! I’m going to read the third booklater.” She would have said, “Stop reading all those vampire stories and get backto studying.” Will your friends react the same way as your mum? Of course not.They would sit down with you and say, “Totally. I wish I’m Kristen Stewart. Iwould get to act and hang out with him off set. Acting as Bella would be so cool.”This settles it. Our spirits would have been brought down if we didn’t have anyfriends.As well as our fantasy world, our buddies are on the job as our ‘Fashion Police’.We would be ‘fined’ if we wear bell-bottoms with a T-shirt, which your mum toldyou to, to our graduation ceremony. With our friends, we could choose theappealing dress with stiletto boots which would look awesome in front of acrowd. You can save a major fashion disaster.Friends are like peanut butter and jelly. They always stick together. Who elseother than your best friend would help you walk to the infirmary when you brokea foot while playing basketball? We always stick together anywhere we go. Oneof us never follows. We walk side by side. We treat ourselves as equals. Alwaysbe humble and never brag on things that you own. One would never treat theother like leaves on the ground. Good friends are precious and rare likediamonds. Very hard to find. We should never cast our friends aside.