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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
TITLE: Your Slip is Showing
By Leticia Caroccio
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The blind date was going well. Henry and I seemed to really hit it off. We had a lot of things in common and both found it easy to talk about a variety of subjects. We were enjoying a delicious dinner. The musicians in the live band were encouraging us all onto the dance floor. The salsa rhythm was already drawing me in. Henry was a great dancer, moving in time to the music, sweeping me along across the dance floor.
Diane, my best friend, was there with us, along with her husband. She had worked very hard at setting up this blind date and it was paying off. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was. Diane knew me like a dog-eared book. We were best friends, as familiar with each other as putting on a faded worn-out pair of jeans. We could tell each other anything. As Henry was spinning me through the dance floor, I caught a glimpse of Diane and she had the oddest look on her face. “What in the world is that look for?” I thought to myself.
After my triple spin, I wondered when the music would end. Finally, the drummer signaled for the last beat and note to be played. Henry and I hi-fived each other and we laughed our hearts out as we headed to our table. My smile was as big as the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. We found our table and sat down to catch our breath. Henry excused himself to the little boys’ room. Diane hurried over and sat down next to me.
“Letty”, said Diane as she anxiously called out to her, “come here”. I curiously asked her, “What is it? Why are you looking at me like that? I’m having a great time”. Diane sadly looked at me and said, “You have lettuce or something green in your teeth”. I froze in horror. How can that be? Why didn’t someone tell me sooner? “Oh, my God” I frantically thought to myself. I had been laughing and smiling at Henry the entire evening. Why didn’t he say anything?
“Why didn’t you tell me before, Diane” I asked my dear friend. She said, “I didn’t see it until you were dancing and laughing up a storm. Honest”. Diane was holding my hand as she added, “By the way, you look great on the dance floor, except for one thing – your slip is showing”.
Thank God for true, blue friends; friends who aren’t afraid to tell you that you are just not at your best. Diane is such a friend. Diane has always been there to tell me about myself. She has supported me in all my endeavors, even whacky ones. Like the time I wanted to drive from New York to Maryland just to buy these homemade crab cakes that saw on the Food Network.
Diane was there for me during times of loss, whether it was for my beloved German Shepherd, Rock or when my dear Aunt Aidy passed away. Her shoulder has always been there for me to cry on. To have a true friend is to have someone you can trust with all your secrets, no matter how dark and ugly they may be.
A true friend is someone who lifts your spirits when you are down and brings you down when you are flying way too high, full of yourself. A friends lifts you up in prayer when your life is in turmoil. A friend indulges you with favor, comforts you when your days are dark. You could tell the corniest jokes and a real friend laughs anyway. “Greater love has no one than this, that he (she) lay down his (her) life for his (her) friends” (John 15:13 NIV) (Parenthesis mine). A true friend will give their life for you, no questions asked.
I was horrified at the turn my evening had taken; lettuce in my teeth and my slip showing. Here I was feeling like a bright and shining star and I was quickly brought down a few notches by a friend. Thank God for friends who can tell you the truth in love; that can hold up an emotional mirror that reveals your heart and still love you.
Henry is history but Diane and I are still best friends.
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