A Great Friend
As I am now a senior high school student, I have a great many friends, but
there is one whom I prize over all the rest. I first made his acquaintance
when I began to go to school. He has been my constant companion ever
Though he is serious in appearance, he never fails to be interesting. Often
he is clever, sometimes even merry and gay. He is the most knowledgeable
friend a person could have. He knows virtually every language of the world,
all the events of history, and the words of all the great poets and
philosophers. A kindly benefactor, he is admired and enjoyed by everyone
who makes his acquaintance.
To me, he has been a great teacher as well as a friend. He first taught me
the secrets of my own language and then those of others. With these keys
he showed us how to unlock all the arts and sciences of man.
My friend is endlessly patient. Dull though I may be, I can return to him
again and again, and he is always ready to teach me. When I am bored,
he entertains me. When I am dispirited, he lifts me up. When I am lonely,
he keeps me company. He is a friend not only to me but to millions around
the world. Shall I tell you his name? His name is “reading”.