The above image is something an acquaintance shared on Facebook today. The text reads as follows:
Fake Friends – Never ask for food..
Real Friends – Are the reason you have NO food.
Fake Friends – Call your parents Mr/Mrs.
Real Friends – Call your parents DAD/MOM.
Fake Friends – Have never sen you cry.
Real Friends – Cry with you.
Fake Friends – Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
Real Friends – Keep your stuff so long they forget it’s yours.
Fake Friends – Know about you…..
Real Friends – Could write a book about you.
FAKE FRIENDS – Would knock on your front door..
Real Friends – Walk right in and say “I’m home”.
Fake Friends – Will help you when you fall over.
Real Friends – Will jump on top of you and shout “DOG_PILE”.
Fake Friends – Are around for a while..
Real Friends – Are for life.
Fake Friends – Say “Love you.” in a joking manner.
Real Friends – Say “I love you” and they mean it.
Fake Friends – Will read this.
Real Friends – Will steal this.
I get that it’s trying to explain how real friends are people who are close to you, but some of the items in the list just creep me out. It’s as if the image’s creators think there’s no such thing as boundaries between good friends.
To be frank, no one who is not living with me is entitled to walk into my home (in which case it would be our home) without knocking. In fact, everyone is encouraged to call me and let me know they’re coming. I may not be in. Or I may not feel like having company. Even my closest friends don’t get to override those times when I need or want my privacy. (And fortunately, my friends understand this.)
And that whole thing about real friends being the reason one has no food? That sounds more like a moocher than a friend to me. Yes, I’m more than happy to share my food (and just about anything else) with my friends. But I also expect my friends to understand there’s a limit to what I can share. In the end, someone who eats me out of house and home isn’t a friend.
Same thing with that “keeping your stuff so long that they forget it’s yours” business. A true friend respects me. That includes respecting my property.
What this image describes isn’t friendship. What it describes is a dangerous relationship with someone who doesn’t respect the other person.