March ‘09

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A Good Friend
In kindergarten your__1__ of a good friend was the person who let you have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black__2__. In primary school your idea of a good friend was the person who went to the bathroom with you; held your __3__as you walked through the scary halls; helped you stand __4__to if you fell in front of the class; shared their lunch with you when you forgot __5__on the bus and saved a seat on the back of the bus for you. In secondary school your idea of a good friend was the person who__6__ you copy their social studies homework; went to that "cool" party with you __7__you wouldn't wind up being the only different one there; did not let you lunch alone. In pre-university your idea of a good friend was the person who gave you rides in their__8__ car; convinced your parents that you shouldn't be grounded; consoled you when you __9__up with Nick or Susan; found you a date to the prom or went to the prom with you (both without dates); helped you pick a university and assured you that you __10__get into that university; helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard __11__ letting you go. Now, your idea of a good friend is___12___ the person who gives you the better of the two choices, hold your hand when you're scared, helps you fight off those who try to ___13___advantage of you, thinks of you at times when you are not there, reminds you of __14__you have forgotten, helps you put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little__15__, stays with you so that you have confidence, goes out of their way to make time for you, helps you clear up your mistakes, helps you deal with pressure __16__others, smiles for you when they are sad, helps you become a better

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