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He smiled again in life

There was something so wrong with Tom. He used to stay isolated and never mingled with his classmates. Even during his break time, he used to sit in a corner near the class window. Day by day, he was going from bad to worse. I used to play with all my friends during break time. But, one day I just decided to confront Tom about his behavior in the class.

I (Mike) finally went and asked him, "Tom why don't you talk to other classmates? Why don't you have any friends? Why do you always look so worried? If you will share with me, maybe I can help you out." He did not reply to me and simply told me that I should mind my own business. Actually, I felt bad, but then I thought that maybe he is dealing with something big. Maybe he is going through things that I cannot even imagine. I coaxed him to talk to me again and for days, I did this until one day he decided that he would speak to me after the class gets over.

I waited patiently for Tom that day. He came to me and told me that he lost his father and mother in a car accident and he stays with his uncle. As he is lonely, he has developed a learning disability in life. He cannot concentrate in the class; he is unaware of what is taught to him. He cannot cope up with the pressure of learning. I knew that he had a problem and now I became sure. I felt sorry and hugged him tightly. I told him that he is not alone and I will always be there for him as a friend. I not only gave him much needed support in life. I also helped him with his learning disability. As I am good with academics, I also taught him lessons.

Tom has changed and I am happy for him, he smiles a lot now and plays with other classmates and friends.

I cherish the bond that I share with Tom. He is my best friend!

Age does not matter in friendship

That old man used to sit in the park each day and he was always so lost. Maybe, he thought about the times that went by. He looked so lost in time. I used to see him in the park each day. I am Jim and I am 14 years old, I play with my friends in the park. One day, I saw that man too lost, so I went and asked him. "Hello uncle, can I help you with anything." He did not reply and kept quiet. I thought that maybe he does not talk to children! I asked him again, why do you look so sad all the time? His reply was rather fitting that I am too small to understand.

I told him that I could very well understand the emotions of the heart. He started talking and told that he had a happy family. His son earned well and he had a caring wife. One day his wife died of cardiac arrest and he lost all his happiness. He then tried to move on and told his son to get married. His son was caring until he did what his wife said. His wife did not like him staying with them, so they decided to give him a one-room apartment instead. Now, in his lonely years he yearns for company. I had tears in my eyes, as I could understand his plight.

I told him that he could call me his friend, as I will always be there when he needs me. Slowly, we developed a good bonding and started playing together. We had so much to discuss and talk about in life. I could see that spark in his eyes and that lost sheen that he had lost. Age does not matter when friendship is true.

I knew I had a best friend in him and I am proud of this fact that this friendship is still alive.