A friend should be radical;
They should love you when you’re unlovable,
Hug you when you’re unhuggable,
And bear you when you’re unbearable.
A friend should be fanatical;
They should cheer when the whole world boos,
Dance when you get good news,
And cry when you cry too.
But most of all, a friend should be mathematical;
They should multiply the joy, divide the sorrow,
Subtract the past, add to tomorrow,
Calculate the need deep in your heart,
And always be bigger than the sum of all their parts.
A friend named Brenda sent this poem to Dot Kirschke, encouraging the author to put her heartfelt feelings in writing. And so, It’s About Friends came to be . . . a book to be shared with those who have friends, want friends, and are friends.