Foul-weather Friends

Friendship is far more tragic than love, it lasts longer – Oscar Wilde

Friendship is far more tragic than love, it lasts longer – Oscar Wilde

We all know about fair-weather friends, those hangers-on who are there for you only as long as things are going well; however, there is another less-discussed category of friends – the foul-weather friend.

The foul-weather friend is the friend who only calls when she is upset, when he is angry, or when they are bored. If there is a break-up, trouble at work, or disease and death in their family, then—and only then—will you hear from them. Do they call just to say hello? No. Do they call because they have heard a funny joke? No. Their own despair and anguish is the only thing that can prompt them to pick up a phone, write an email or post a status update.

So, when you develop an all-weather friend, the friend who is just as likely to phone with a lilt in her voice as a tear in her eye, cherish her.  When he is as willing to share a laugh as a he is a fiery blast of anger, he is a keeper. Oh, and of course, don’t be a foul-weather friend yourself.

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