Fourteen Ways to Be a Friend

“Fourteen Ways to Be a Friend,” Friend, July 1996, 28–29

Fourteen Ways to Be a Friend

  1. Cheer her on when she’s at bat.

  2. Help her look for her missing cat.

  3. When she’s quite sick, send a card or letter.

  4. Bring her ice cream when she’s feeling better.

  5. If he’s new in school, greet him with a grin.

  6. Help him, whatever the shade of his skin.

  7. Always respect his religious views.

  8. If you don’t understand him, talk—just you two.

  9. Start a hobby together—like studying birds.

  10. If she’s learning to read, help with new words.

  11. If she can’t hear or see, be her ears or her eyes.

  12. Give her a hug whenever she cries.

  13. If he’s never played hockey, teach him to skate.

  14. When he has trouble catching up, tell him you’ll wait.

Illustrated by Beth Whittaker