Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The best way to make friends

(By Abigail Wortman, West Long Branch, NJ, for Guidepost Magazine)

On the first day of first grade, I stood by the door with butterflies in my stomach. I voiced my biggest concern to my mother: "How will I make friends?" Crouching in front of me, she handed me advice I carry with me to this day.

"Be Switzerland!" she said. Be friends with everyone. Treat everyone equally and fairly. For all my 20 years, I've lived by these words. Soon I will graduate and become a part of the real world. And on that first day, nervously facing new responsibilities, I know I will whisper two words to myself. "Be Switzerland."

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