When your friend’s beard catches on fire, water yours. In other words, if a friend of yours is hit by some misfortune you should take heed and be prepared in the event that this same misfortune comes your way.
Jack and Gary were two stevedores who worked weekly on the Geest boat. Bananas struck some hard times and Jack, although being senior to Gary, was laid off. The day after, Foreman B, spoke to Gary reminding him of what’s required of him on the job and how he (Gary) should try to be an exemplary stevedore. Foreman B cautioned him that, “Lè bab kanmawad ou pwi difé wouzé sa ou.”