Two teenage girls from SOS Children's Village Sarajevo share their thoughts and feelings on friendship.
Dragana & Her Best Friend
In the fifteen years of my life, I have lived through a lot. I met people who wholeheartedly accepted me in their company only to badmouth me behind my back. This didn't hurt me much because I knew that these are evil people and that they do this to everyone, not just me.
I came to the SOS Children's Village in Sarajevo when I was eight years old. I have to admit that at the start I found it very difficult to adapt and make friends. Don't think that the children rejected me. On the contrary, I was rejecting them. I didn't smile. All one could see on my face was some unexplainable sadness.
This would have lasted for who knows how long, if one day a girl hadn't shown up at my doorstep. I noticed that she was my age. I asked for her name, but instead she asked me to go outside with her. I did and along the way I wondered why I had agreed so easily. Was it because of her soft glittery eyes, much like mine? I wasn't sure about anything except that this girl wanted to be my friend. Her name was Vermina.
We walked for a long time until we reached a meadow. Along the way she told me her life story and I told her mine. I noticed that they were similar. And so we became close. With each passing day we became better friends, and one day - best. We were inseparable.
Our friendship is still like that. I owe a huge thanks to Vermina for teaching me about real friendship and trust. I'm also always there for her when she needs me. I believe that a friend is a person who's with you even when he or she would rather be elsewhere.
Vermina & Friendship
People say that richness is measured by the number of friends one has. Not just any friends, but true friends, friends who will help you and whom you will help at any time. Friends with whom you can share everything, even your deepest secrets without fear that someone else will ever find out about them.
It is better to have one friend like that, who will respect you and your decisions, than many of those "friends who talk all kinds of things behind your back and spread rumours about you".
Thank God, I'm lucky to have two true friends. My best friend is my [SOS] mother Fikreta. She gives me the best and most honest advice. No matter what is in question, I can always rely on her trust and support.
As for friends among my peers, I have burnt my fingers a few times. Many of them lost my trust. Only one remained and she lives in the SOS Children's Village as well. Her name is Dragana. We often go to town together, celebrate birthdays together, go on picnics, etc.
This fall I'm starting secondary school. I hope I will find true friends there, too. I wish that none of my bad experiences from the past repeat themselves again because I think that no one can live without true friends.