I like my best friend very much, but she had one flaw. She did not like anyone to be as close as she was with me. She even did not like me to talk to people she did not like.
I tolerated this for a few days. However, I soon got tired of it. I started to dread meeting her and when I saw her I used to run off into the library as I thought that she would get angry and not talk to me. Soon I realised this could not go on any longer, I had to face her.
There was only one person I knew I could talk to, the one I shared my secrets with — my sister.
She told me, “You can’t keep hiding; you will have to pluck up courage, face her and tell her what you really feel about her behaviour or situations like this will continue to dog you all your life and you will miss opportunities of making new friends.”
At first I paid no heed to this but soon I realised that she was right.
The next day, I talked to my friend, and told her that I was not going to be her friend because of her stubbornness; she flared up and walked away just as I had thought she would.
But to my utter surprise, the next day she came up to me and said, “You were right. I was in a way bullying you, please forgive me and lets be friends again.” I was very happy and when I came home I hugged my sister and thanked her countless times for her valuable advice. I learnt from this that having courage and facing the problem rather than hiding from it is always the best thing to do. when in trouble.
Bhavita Varma, VII, St. Xaviers School