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Thursday, 19 November 2009

Definitions of Friendship = Quotation(s) of the Week (47/09)



Reading a post over at Rae's blog + an email from another friend set me thinking about definitions of friendship. I spent some time rummaging my bookshelves before I found what I was looking for: An old Snoopy picturebook on this very topic. (I moved last summer and some things in the odds-and-ends category I now find hard to remember whether I even decided to keep or if they ended up in one of the probably-to-give-away boxes that are still in the storage room in the basement. But Snoopy was found in my bedroom.)

In this book, Charlie Brown is feeling low and without friends. He gets a lot of definitions of friendship from various people, and I thought I'd quote some of them here. I'm translating them back from Swedish which is always an adventure.

A friend is someone who can take a punch.
A friend is someone who chooses to play with the sun in his eyes.
A friend is someone who likes watching the same TV shows.
A friend is someone who likes you even when the other guys are there.


A friend is someone who accepts you as you are.
A friend is someone who doesn't get jealous if you have other friends.
A friend is someone who likes the same music as you do.
A friend is someone who hates the same music as you do.


A friend is someone who defends you when you are not there.
A friend is someone who sends you a postcard from their holiday.
A friend is someone who does not criticize something you just bought.
A friend is someone who unleashes you. (said by Snoopy of course)

Charlie is still not quite satisfied. He looks up "friend" in the dictionary, and reads out loud:

"Friend - person whom one knows and likes well."

Linus, standing behind him as he reads, exclaims:
"But that's me!"
(Happy end.)

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2 comments:

rae said...

Oh, Charlie Brown. So good.

Interesting to read your thoughts on friendship!

GB said...

I think when somone is a true friend you juts know don't you?

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