“Good food, good friends, good times”
I noticed that the most memorable days have food involved… coincidence? I think not. 🙂
Things that used to pop up in my head when I thought of the word ‘friend’ were someone that shares common interests with you, someone that makes you smile, and someone who makes your day great. It was someone who you can spend all day with and never be bored for a second. Someone who enjoys your company and really understands you. Someone who has seen your good side and your bad side and accepts you for who you are. Someone who’s been there when you needed a shoulder to cry on or a tight embrace. Someone who you respect and care for.
I thought that was all friends were for. However, when I began reading the book, The Count of Monte Cristo, I’ve added another pretty big reason that why we all need friends. It’s a crucial, yet simple reason why we depend so much on our friends that I’m actually a bit shocked I haven’t noticed this earlier. Friends cure us from our loneliness. They keep us from feeling isolated from others; from feeling that no one else in this world knows who I am.
A couple chapters into this book, an old man named Abbe Faria meets with the young main character, Edmond Dantes, after attempting to dig a hole through the walls to escape the prison they’ve both been stuck in for countless years. On their first meeting, Dantes throws his arms around Faria in happiness, despite not knowing anything about the man. This shows Dantes’ eagerness to have company after being all alone in his own cell for so long. Although they’re generations apart, they’ve found friendship through the common goal of escaping. They worked together for over a year in order to achieve that goal, and through that time, they’ve gotten closer. But through this time, Faria’s aging comes with a horrible illness, which gives him intense, crazy attacks. It is because of this that Faria tells Dantes to leave him there and to escape and be free. He sincerely insists that Dantes should go on his own, being strong and young. Dantes completely refuses though, not having an ounce of desire to go without his fellow companion. This new devotion shows how strong their friendship has grown, and also how much they don’t want to be lonely again.
“‘You’re my son!’ cried the old man. ‘You’re the child of my captivity. My profession condemned me to celibacy, but God sent you to me to console both the man who could not be a father and the prisoner who could not be free.'” Before Dantes met Faria, being alone in his prison cell dragged him into a state of depression and misery, where he even thought of suicide. In fact, he was in the process of starving himself when he heard Faria through the walls. If it wasn’t for Faria, then our main character, Dantes, would probably have died already. It’s hard to think about, but although this is a fictional work, this does happen in real life. People sink into depression and lose all hope in life. All they really need is help from a friend. A comforting hand, someone to just by their side and help them live their life. A little time and effort are all it takes.
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Nah, I’m just kidding. Many people aren’t serious when they say those words, but to the soldiers, these words aren’t thrown around lightly. Soldiers do everything together; during their time they serve in the army, they’ve all seen their comrades through everything. Through good times and hardships, through times where they just wanted to give everything up, and through times of complete horror. They’ve seen it all. They’ve also seen their strengths, their weaknesses, their good and their bad qualities. They know each other inside out, better than married couples do. I wasn’t really aware of how close they were until I read a war novel in English class called All Quiet on the Western Front. Have any chickeneers read this book before? If so, I’d like your thoughts about this book! I just find it so amazing how strong of a bond they have, that it makes the friendships we make in our lives completely incomparable.
How many friends do you really have? You might say you have a lot, but think again. I don’t mean your facebook friends, those people you added but don’t really know, but true friends. Friends that would stick by you when things get tough, or support you when others don’t. Friends that you consider family, because you can say anything and everything to them and know that they’ll listen. Friends that care. Friends that love you for you, not for someone you pretend to be. How many real friends do you have? To be honest, I’d say I’ve only had 3 or 4 real friends in my entire life. And even so, I’d say I don’t know that much about my real friends; not as much as the soldiers. The soldiers are all one big family. Not only is it a huge amount of people, but they know the little things about each other that makes them, them. Their bond is like no other; it’s truly unexplainable. You might say that you have a friend who truly loves you for who you are, and will go through everything that you will go through- but is it one who will die for you? Is it one who will go through your hardships with you, sacrifice themselves for you?
Soldiers show true friendship. They’d do anything to be together, to make sure the other person doesn’t feel lonely. “We stick together; you see.” In All Quiet, Paul fakes a fever in order to leave the train with Albert, although he’s in good health. He decides to stand by him, even though he doesn’t need to. This type of sacrifice warms my heart, because although they’re not related, although they treat each other like family. The stronger bond is shown between Kat and Paul. When Kat was injured in chapter eleven, Paul carried him all the way to the dressing station while shells were raining down on them. He didn’t have to – he could’ve left him there, yet he used his own energy and painstakingly carried him to safety. It’s depressing, because once they reached the station, Kat dies because of a splinter in his head.
“I am no longer a shuddering speck of existence, alone in the darkness;-I belong to them and they to me; we all share the same fear and the same life; we are nearer than lovers, in a simple, a harder way; I could bury my face in them, in these voices, these voices that have saved me and will stand by me.” (All Quiet on the Western Front, page 212) I find this quote really empowering. It shows how close to each other they really are, although they were strangers in different places in the world and had different life situations just a couple years ago. I’d have to admit, I’m envious of this type of friendship. One friendship like this is hard to achieve these days; it just can’t be done.
So there it is guys… what true friendship is. Yes, there is a difference between friends that you hang out in school, and friends (more like a second family) that you went to war with. But friends are friends, so be nice to them and don’t force them to go to war in order to make you guys feel closer. (Not that you guys would do that… right guys? 😀 Don’t be like Kantorek!)
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