Friends Essay, Research Paper
Ever since I was a child, my mother raised me to recognize and appreciate various
kinds of friends. There are three different kinds of friends in this life. I classify them
according to how well I know them and how well they know me. We encounter each of them
everyday, whether in school, home, or at the gym. However, we rarely spend much time actually
thinking about and classifying these people. First, there are the “pest friends”- general
acquaintances. Next, there are “guest friends”- social partners. Lastly, we have “best
friends”- our true friends.
The first type of friend is simply an acquaintance. This means that you basically
only know their name. You might not even remember what they look like if you go away for a
short vacation. Usually, you meet these type of friends in school, at work, on the bus, in
the gym, or anywhere else you might be. You normally would not mind having a cup of coffee
with them, but if anything else came up, you usually would have no problem parting company.
You normally don t miss them when they are elsewhere. It is also this type of friends who
give you the most amount of aggravation. Since most of the time you are placed in a position
where you have to act friendly, such as school or work, you would not normally tell an
acquaintance when he or she is doing something aggravating, such as tapping the fingers an a
table or chewing gum loudly. This is why I call them “pest friends.”
The second category of friends I call “social partners.” This is because they
are closer than acquaintances, but no where near as close as a true friend. Social partners
are usually acquaintances who evolve into “guest friends” through increased extracurricular
activities. You know their name, a little of what they like or dislike, a little of their
family history, and usually have several things in common. As the saying goes, “Birds of a
feather flock together,” so too the social partners have to have several things in common
with you. No one is going to want to spend any more time than necessary with somebody
completely opposite and aggravating to him. Keep in mind, though, that the biggest thing that
distinguishes a “best friend” from a “guest friend” is the fact that “guess friends” usually
don t converse about anything substantial or deep, such as their innermost desires and fears.
Usually, “guest friends” toy to keep the topic of conversation happy and light. They would
not open up to you how they are really feeling. They are still preoccupied with “saving face.”
You still do enjoy hanging out with them. But when the going gets tough, they are not there
The last type of friend is the “best friend.” Normally, you know them the longest.
You probably grew up together as children. He or she knows everything about you. Likewise,
you know everything about him or her. They are basically like family. You would have no
problem if they spent the night at your house. You know each others quirks and habits and can
always tell when there is something wrong. You would not hesitate to share your deepest
feelings or thoughts with them. “A true friend will see you through when others see that you
are through.” A true friend has no problem correcting you when you are wrong, or being stern
with you when you are out of line. Likewise, a true friend will love you like a member of his
own family. He will always be there for you. They are not perfect, but at least they will
always look out for you and never do anything intentionally to hurt you.
On a final note, I would like to take some time to say that we should always remember
keep in mind what kind of a friend we are to other people. We are all surrounded by pest,
guest, and best friends. We should always strive to be the best friends, that we can be.
Also, as the saying goes, ” You can t use your friends and have them too.” We should appreciate
and value all friendships that come into our lives, no matter how deep or superficial. We
should always remember that all best friends started out as just acquaintances.