A friend in need
Lahiru and Ananda were good friends at school. They were both
classmates. Lahiru's father was a well-off businessman so his father was
able to fulfil all his son's needs. On the other hand, Ananda lived only
with his mother as his father had passed away even before his birth.
Although Lahiru and Ananda belonged to different social classes, they
were the best friends well known to the whole school. They were popular
in school due to their strong relationship as they were very united on
all occasions. Even the school teachers were amazed to see their
friendship and they believed that the main reason to have a good bond is
not money but the hearts.
They were together for six long years and all of a sudden in grade
six Ananda showed a lack of interest in attending school. Lahiru did not
realise the reason behind it. Ananda was continuously absent for a week.
This made Lahiru quite upset.
One day as Lahiru did not see Ananda for a long time, he decided to
visit Ananda's place. So, in the evening, Lahiru set off to see his best
When he arrived at Ananda's house, he heard Ananda's mother weeping,
"my dear son it is difficult for me to feed you, dress you and look
after you, so you have to help me in my work. I cannot buy the things
you need for school...", saying so, his mother started weeping again.
As Lahiru overheard the words, while he was about to enter the
compound, he stopped as he could not move further.
"Amma, I know that it is difficult for you to look after me. It is
not easy to buy the things that I need for school so I am going to work
in a grocery shop. I will earn some money so both of us could live",
Lahiru burst into tears when he heard Ananda saying so. They had been
good friends from grades one to six and Ananda has hidden all his family
burdens from Lahiru.
Lahiru turned back and started walking on the road, while he was
going many weird things were going on his mind.
The next day Ananda found a bag at his doorstep. He opened the bag
curiously to see what it was and to his surprise there was a lot of
money in it. He was excited to see a lot of money and shouted, "Amma!".
When his mother came running, both of them were happy to see such a huge
amount of money.
This started happening very often. Although Ananda and his mother
were very happy, they were quite afraid of this unusual thing. Ananda as
usual started going to school and this made Lahiru very happy.
But who had been helping Ananda and his mother?. No one knew!
One day Ananda told Lahiru, "Lahiru you are my best friend, there is
no one who can replace your love and care. Lahiru just smiled and said,
"You are my best friend too but why are you talking like that all of a
Ananda said, "I know that it is you who is helping us"
Lahiru was shocked to hear this "Me! But how do you know?"
The bag in which you bring the money is your father's grocery shop
bag, the name is printed on it, right?", said Ananda.
Lahiru said, "you are my best friend Ananda, why did'nt you tell me
that you had such problems? I did not know what to do so I spoke to my
father about you. It is my father who gave me this idea. I am sorry if I
had hurt you." Lahiru started crying. Ananda gave him a big hug and
said, "you are more than a friend for me."