I was thinking about friendship the other day after a conversation with very good friend of mine:
If you are friends with a person you take their foibles into account. You love them for their strengths, the fact that they will be there when you need them, or will that they sit up talking with you all night until you realize you are actually late for a morning class. Maybe they are the ones who will join you in drowning your troubles and with whom you will later stagger drunkenly out of the bar in the general direction of a bed. The best will be next to you in the jail cell after you’ve done something monumentally stupid.
With all of this you have to realize that these people whom you come to love as family are just as human as you and have their own idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. They may overreact sometimes or they may have a grating sense of humor. They may not be the best casual listeners, leading to many rounds of ‘huh?’ and ‘what?.’ Mayhaps they have a temper or don’t know when not to say something about the ugly girl the Hell’s Angel is making out with.
The important thing is that they are your friends. They accept your individuality, which includes your peculiarities, strengths and flaws. In return you should do the same. That is what friendship is, acceptance and admiring the person in both their flaws and their strengths, for without their flaws, would you still want to be friends with them?