By in Relationships

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.


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Comments

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:31 AM

We get that kind of experience in the virtual world a lot. I have been on several sites and have interacted with countless people. I have stopped going there but got two nice friends. One actually visited me. She is from the UK and the other one is from the US. We exchange emails.

Even if it is for a short period that interaction with so many people out there was time well spent.

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:47 AM

This piece is not about virtual friends. This is about people who meet in real life and how they act around each other these days. This piece is part of a true story. It had nothing to do with meeting in a surreal world at all. People we meet on the Internet are here one second and gone in the next split one. I have more true stories based of facts about people who meet on the Internet. So I am going to hold comment on that subject.

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 7:08 AM

I just said that we get to experience that in the virtual world too. I too have had an experience in the real world. This lady befriended us and spent time with us. We were on a ship. She was travelling alone. Little did we know she was kind of a vip. When we docked there were so many people waiting for her with garlands. She completely ignored us (lol)

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 7:13 AM

LOL That is messed up. Who was she a president of a country or something?

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 7:15 AM

Not really. But big enough to be garlanded. (lol)

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 7:45 AM

And incidentally your topic can put off the community here as they may think you do not need friends here. You can put it in quotes. You have received no views.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 12, 2015, 8:44 AM

To approach this positively, the last line of your post gives some light to the friendless. The man was very courteous to give the woman in need a ride on a late rainy night. Thankfully, he wasn't the kind who would have taken advantage of the trust (though apprehensive) put on him.

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 8:53 AM

Don't be so narrow minded. You forget you are dealing with a writer here. There is nothing wrong with the title. It goes exactly how I want it go with the post itself. It's formulated in the shape of fiction but based off of a true story. True writers will recognize my style.

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 8:56 AM

Plus, the lack of views is due to the time I chose to post this. I'm in the USA so most people here are not awake. Your side of the planet, however, is a different story. I write at odd hours so don't knock what I do and when I do it.

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 8:58 AM

Not quite the take this story unfolds. That's only a secondary subtlety.

peachpurple wrote on January 12, 2015, 9:09 AM

in malaysia, we don't take free rides from stranger because one is bound to meet a bad guy and end up death instead. So, we are very careful.

bestwriter wrote on January 12, 2015, 9:18 AM

I was expecting this comment from you (lol). Cool it. Fine then. I will not henceforth "knock what you do and when you do it" emoticon :smile:

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 10:10 AM

Yes, I am aware that it is like that in many countries. Pretty sad. However, keep it mind that this is fiction based off of a true story.

Secre wrote on January 12, 2015, 10:30 AM

At least he offered a helping hand to a woman in need I guess. Even if a friendship didn't evolve he was kind enough to stop and help.

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:56 PM

That is part of the point in the stor.

CountryWine wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:57 PM

story*

LadyTrouble wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:53 AM

the only thing on my mind at this point is "is this real?". Did this happen to you? If so, was it recent, or years ago?

CountryWine wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:00 AM

Yes, yes and recent

soupdragon wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:47 AM

It's true, sometimes it is not the most long lasting experiences and relationships that have the biggest impact on our lives.

CountryWine wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:53 AM

Yes, they most certainly can.