I'm pre-dating this post because I've wanted to share this particular sequence from Omaha the Cat Dancer for quite a while. It has stuck in my head, and by pre-dating it, I don't want to seem to make it apply to anyone in particular, and unintentionally slight anyone. It doesn't apply to anyone in particular.
Being a friend means being there when they need you. It means being there when it's inconvenient for you. In this age of social networking where the term "friend" has been reduced to meaning the same thing as a contact, I've noticed that I get the best support and advice from people who live up to the meaning of "friend."