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 her address book.

A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party;
a real friend comes early to help you cook and clean.

A simple friend hates it when you call after she has gone to bed;
a real friend asks why you took so long to call.

A simple friend talks to you about her problems;
a real friend seeks to help you with yours.

A simple friend wonders about your romantic history;
a real friend could blackmail you with it.

A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest;
a real friend opens your refrigerator and helps herself.

A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument;
a real friend knows that it is not a friendship until after you have had a fight.

A simple friend always expects you to be there for her;
a real friend expects to always be there for you.

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