Real Friends

Your real friends are the ones who don't scatter like Dandelion Seeds when the wind blows;
who reply to your messages and respond to your greetings and salutations;
who like it when you are recognized or when you show your skill;
who genuinely respect you and show it;
who assume you are more intelligent and more capable, not less;
who are supportive and respectful of your other relationships, especially your children, partnership, and family;
who don't set you up to stand you up just for the thrill of control;
who are accountable for their actions, and remorseful for hurting you;
who stand up for you against disrespect, injustice, and abuse;
who would offer you a glass of water, a cup of coffee, or a couch if you need it;
who include you in their celebrations, and help you through your tragedies;
who share your pride in your family and your accomplishments;
who encourage and believe in your aspirations and dreams.

That's what real friends are like. Anyone else is an acquaintance, or less.