I still recall the day my Mom suggested, "Let's get you some new clothes." You can imagine that to a little girl that may mean the world, but to me it meant the Universe because we were not financially well off. So I went wide-eyed, wondering what I could select. To my surprise my mom allowed me to pick out three dresses, a pink one, a navy blue and, best of all a yellow & blue one. I loved that yellow and blue dress and to this day I love just thinking about it.
I had a best friend whose family was even worse off financially than ours. Her name was Seema. We played and studied together. We spent the best days of our childhood laughing at our silly imaginary stories. I was excited to show her my three new beautiful dresses. She loved them all and was happy for me. She explained to me, with moistened eyes, that her father could only afford buying her clothes for her birthday. I felt her sad and instantly my mouth opened and I asked her something unexpected, I asked her to pick out one of the dresses. To my horror she picked up the best one- the yellow and blue dress. Please remember, I was only 7 years old and my heart popped out my chest as I was aghast. She picked it up and held it up against her body and I saw how happy and beautifully she smiled. Her eyes lit up, no tears. I could not feel my hurt anymore. I told her it looked lovely against her.
Well, my mom didn't have the same sentiments as me but I did my best to explain everything. She smiled understandingly.
I always remember Seema's smile and how at that moment nothing mattered other than her smile. When you love and cherish your friendships, nothing matters ever! To this date we are still best friends.
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