Dear Shel Silverstein,
When I read The Giving Tree I learned that true friends are there forever and will give you anything even when they have nothing left. I think of myself as similar to the tree. The tree kept on giving even when it knew it would get nothing back in return but a simple thank you. I used what I learned from this book to help friends and even strangers who are in need, even when I get nothing back in return.
My friend Chelsy needed a new pair of tap shoes, and her parents couldn't afford a new pair. I was very sad about her money problem, so I gave her my old ones. She was very thankful that she had a friend like me. I helped her as much as I could throughout the rest of the year, but one day I couldn't give anything more. She was okay that I couldn't help her any more because I did give her the best gift of all - friendship. I am still giving in my friendship by helping Chelsy when she needs someone to talk to or just needs to be with someone she is close to. Every time I help Chelsy or anyone I still get that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
This lesson I learned is so important to me, because a true friend isn't a true friend unless they would go to the end of the earth to help you. But I still have to remember to be a true friend in return. This is exactly the kind of friendship that lasts forever, because friends who do anything for each other stay close and in touch because they are thankful that someone helped them get through the hard time in their life.
This book has changed me a lot. I have grown up and realized how fortunate I am. I now know that I can make a difference and help many people. I have also noticed that giving to people has brought me a lot of joy and so much happiness. When I put that object into that person's hand it is like an adrenalin rush, and I just love the look on their faces. This isn't the only reason I give. I do it because my family can afford a lot of things, but that isn't true for a lot of people. So the main reason I give is too help people get what they want and not just what they need. After reading The Giving Tree I will never be the same again.