I Don't Need Any More Friends
A lone woman is walking on a rainy day and on this day it is Christmas Eve. She doesn't notice that a motorist has noticed her for a quarter of a mile. Feeling bad for her, the motorist takes a chance and drives up past her and stops in an open car lot hoping that she walks that far.
Good luck is on the side of the soon to be good Samaritan. As the woman is spotted coming closer, the driver rolls down the window and calls out to her. "Do you need a ride somewhere?"
The woman stops in her tracks and hesitates before responding. "Yes, I actually I do. The bus isn't running on this street and I have quite a way to go." She was tired of walking. Her body was starting to ache from the five miles she had done already.
"How far are you going?" The motorist asks as she eyes the inside of the car. It's a late model Chevrolet. "I need to go about 14 miles up to the next town." She is shaking but not from the cold. She is unsure of her decision to get in the car in the first place.
They talk along the way and get to know each other a bit. By the time she gets dropped off, they exchange phone numbers. She doesn't think anything of it and figures that if the person really wants to be a friend they should be the one to contact her first. Instead, the next day, she takes a chance and sends a text message. Within a few minutes, she receives a phone call which lasts 10 minutes and they agree to go watch a movie the following Saturday.
Saturday comes and she is picked up right on time as promised to get to the theater early enough to get popcorn and drinks without missing the start. The movie was great. When they came out, it turns out the other party had eaten earlier already. Well, she didn't want to admit she was starving and tried to forget about it. However, the new friend said it was okay and that they would pay for her meal so she agreed. What harm was there after all in letting them pay just this once?
The afternoon had gone well so they parted ways with the intent to keep in touch. Well, somebody failed to follow through. It wasn't the lady who had failed to do her part. She tried contacting the new friend three times in the next few days. The new friend would be just curt but at least replied. However, they never initiated a phone call or text to her again. After a week, she finally gave up.
Moral of the story is thus. You never know what kind of people you will meet even in the oddest of circumstances. They don't have to stay in your life but just crossing yours even if just for a brief period is worth something that you learn from. In this woman's case, it was to not even have taken the ride in the first place. However, had she not she wouldn't have had at least the experience to know them at all.
People who cross our lives even if just for such brief periods teach us that we need some human interaction. It doesn't matter that they don't stay. They came.