“The friendship that can cease has never been real.” –St. Jerome
How long have you known your best friend?
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” –Henry Ford
I’ve know my best friend for 62 years. We lived in the same apartment house when we were toddlers and, although she moved “across the water” from New York City to New Jersey when we were in the second grade, we have continued that special friendship through snail mail, phone conversations, email and occasional visits.
“It is not so much our friend’s help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help.” – Epicurus, Greek philosopher
“Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” – Aristotle
“The bird a nest… the spider a web…. man friendship.” – William Blake
The above three quotations give us a good idea of why we even need friends. They are our support in times of trouble and our companions in times of joy.
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” –Woodrow Wilson
With the recent tragic events in Japan, there has been an outpouring of news coverage and blog posts expressing concern and offering help to those affected. I’ve been struck by how easily and quickly people can become friends during times of disaster…and equally amazed at how many of those friendships hold fast long after the tragedy happened.
Being a good friend does not always come naturally. It is a skill that can be learned and it is an important one to teach young children.
So what advice would I give parents regarding teaching young children about friendship?
The following three quotations contain advice from wiser minds than mine.
“Never injure a friend, even in jest.” – Cicero
“Friendship with oneself is all important because without it, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa
Please stop by tomorrow for WHAT’S IN YOUR CHILD’S BOOKCASE WORDY WEDNESDAY. I’ll be reviewing one of the 100 recommended titles in my book that highlights friendship. If you visit my website, you can take advantage of the half-price sale AND enter to win a FREE Crafty Easter Basket, filled with craft supplies for your preschooler.