An excellent post, I think that all of us have felt this way about some of our less "loyal" friends. In fact, it always seemed to me that I was always the rock for my friends, sacrificng myself to make them happy, to comfort them and to help them out, but when I needed some help, they just didn't care leading me to believe that they were using me. So, I did something about it, I made the difficult decision of cutting off some friendships because I realized that they were not true friends to begin with. And, I'm the type of person who is very giving, I would even give my last piece of bread and starve just so I could help someone who was hungry. So ending some of my friendships was an extremely difficult decision for me to make, but it was for the best and I am so much happier for doing so. Today, I am proud to say that all of my friends are REAL friends, that they can count on me and I can count on them. If, Kevin, you truly feel that some of your friends are "fair weather friends" then you must make the same decision I made because they are only vexations to your soul.
You deserve better! I'm not telling anyone to just cast friends aside, but if you feel that they are only your "friend" for selfish reasons then you need to get those people out of your life.
Naked thoughts: You wrote a perfect poem on this topic!
The beauty of poetry gives my soul wings to fly free within dreams
[This message has been edited by Melissa Honeybee (edited 11-30-2000).]