Sorry but I don't have the 'definition' I do however concur with with the thoughts posted already, I have friend from child hood if we don't see or hear from each other in months we get together by mail or phone we live very far apart. and seldom see each other. the time between seems to not exist we pick up and carry on in love and caring, I think of her as true friend.
Mulan, I used to baby-sit in my home. When I went to work in the office at a technology center the secretary was stressing over who would care for her baby when he came. she would ask me how to choose the right baby-sitter. I always told her to find someone you wouldn't mind giving your PIN# and bank card to, after all our babies are more important than our money. I seen her a few months ago she said I found that baby-sitter for Ryan! she even does my banking! thats a great baby-sitter! Ryan is in school now but the baby-sitter still cares for him , and he loves her like a mom. Your story reminded me of that one.
She told me it would be me. I am a co-signer on her big bank account (not her husband) because she trusts me completely to carry out her wishes, with her money,
Also a thought about whats not a friend,,,, Making sure the hand patting you on the back ain't got a knife in it!
Dorothy, my two cents should be worth about one cent eh?
Edited to add: We'll always be friends 'she/he' knows to much about me?? hehe being a wise cracker, solly actually I care deeply for my friends.