At least once in your life, little Ved, you are going to meet that one person, who will prick you right through your eyes and laugh at you, that, Friendship was one big joke – But don’t believe him yet !!
More than once, little Ved, you will come across that one person, who will stand by you through thick and thin and restore your Faith in Friendship – Call him your Best Friend !!
There will also be a person, who hugged you during good times and vanished during tough ones – Don’t forget the painful lessons he left behind !!
And then will come a friend, who will hang around until money lasts – Run 10 steps away from him !!
Followed by another, who will show up until the last day of your life, until the memories last – Cherish Him !!
Another will walk in and pose as your bestest friend, but don’t fall for him yet, he will be there only till your Popularity lasts – don’t entertain him !!
Then will come this guy, who will be right beside your sick bed, breathing new Promises for the Future – don’t let him go !!
When your parents fail you, this little lad will cry together with you as if he lost his own – Call him Brother !!
He will not have any money, he will not look glamourous, but he will give his life for you – In gratitude, give your life back to him !!
And then she will walk beside you, like a Beautiful Poem, making heads turn and gossip mills spinning – Just ignore all of that, for I, your mother knows, she is your Best friend !!
And then this friend, who before your even realised, snatched away your girlfriend, don’t cry over them – sit a couple of minutes in silence and let her go !!
A friend can make you or break you beyond repair.
Your mom has been very lucky to have very few friends, who have literally spent half their lifetime with her in a constructive way. as I close my eyes, all I can see is a life well spent with them.
Then a negligible few, who have taught the uglier side of life.
And I will also admit that I have not reciprocated many of the friendship invites that came my way.
But you Baby Ved, be wise in choosing your circle. I pray that you end up with people who will shape you and not crush you.
Be around with people who don’t always have to agree with you, with a different opinion, else you will never know the other side of life.
Having said all this, if once in your Lifetime, you meet people, who have robbed you off your Friendship, Surprised you with their ugliness, and scarred your tender heart beyond words, I plead with you, don’t lay there disappointed.
Bounce Back Ved !!
For you always have a Friend for life, who does not always understand your Boyish stuff, who is not as pleasant as your father, who says more don’ts than anyone, who stalks you each second and keeps a tab on your communications, who pokes her nose and wants to know all about your relationships, because she cares for you.
And you call her Amma. We have been together from day 0. And we were born together, you as a son and I as a mother. And I promise to be there for you, forever.
A little boy’s Amma.