One Friend Can Change Your Life

As part of an investigatory research, an exchange student from U.S. spent a year with an indigenous group in Baguio. As she did her research she lived with one family, sleeping in their hut, eating their food, working with them, and generally living the life of a native ethnic community.

The oldest daughter of the family about her same age spoke no English at all, yet a very close bond formed between the two. In spite of the language difference, they shared a common language of love and understood each other. Over the months, the exchange student learned a few phrases of their native language, and the older daughter picked up a little of the English language.

When it was time for the student to return to her city the tribe held a sent off party. It was marked by sadness since she had become close to the whole village and all would miss her.

As she prepared to get up into the pickup truck and leave, the oldest daughter came to tell her goodbye, personally. With tears streaming from her eyes, she placed her hands on either side of the student’s face, looked directly into her eyes, and said in broken, halting English, “ I like best when I’m with you ”.

Isn’t that just the way we feel when we are in the presence of good friends? True friends place immense value on each other.

They are surely some of the treasures in this journey of one life.

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