A simple Friend when visiting acts like a guest.
A real Friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.


A simple Friend has never seen you cry.
A real Friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.


A simple Friend doesn't know your parents first names.
A real Friend has their phone numbers in his address book.


A simple Friend brings a bottle of juice to your party.


A simple Friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed.
A real Friend asks you why you took so long to call.


A simple Friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real Friend seeks to help you with your problems.


A simple Friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real Friend could blackmail you with it.


A simple Friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real Friend calls you after you had a fight.


A simple Friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real Friend expects to always be there for you.


A simple Friend reads this e-mail and deletes! It.
A real friend passes it on and sends it back to you.
A real Friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.