February is almost over, the shortest month of the year. It’s time we descend into the cellar before March marches in. Let’s stick with the letter F for February by going to the Famous Phrases box. Maybe we’ll get lucky and find a phrase that has the letter F in it. You pick. “Don’t be a fair weather friend.” This is a great and meaningful phrase. Since we got so lucky, let’s pick another one. I’ll pick this time. Jackpot!! “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” Let’s take a closer look at these two Famous Phrases.
fair-weather friend—Somebody who is only a friend when it is pleasant for them, and stops being a friend when you are in trouble. Example: I really thought she’d be here to help me, but it seems that she’s just a fair-weather friend. (Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017)
fair-weather friend —A friend who is faithful in good times but fails you in time of trouble. It is the opposite of a friend in need is a friend indeed. (The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013)
Fun things to do
Read these quotes by three people who lived very different lives. I especially love the first one.
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Muhammad Ali
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” Henry Ford
- Write an essay or story for a school project. Ali was a boxer, Emerson a poet and philosopher and Ford an inventor. While having very different professions and life styles, what did they have in common? Hint: There is no “right” answer to this question. Everyone will have a different answer. You can easily read about them on the internet.
- Draw or paint a picture that illustrates what friendship means to you.
- Grab some paper and a pencil. Make a list of your friends. Are any of them fair weather friends? If yes, consider why you keep them as a friend.
- Are you a fair weather friend?