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The rain in Spain . . .

. . . falls mainly on my head these days, it seems.

The longest and most persistent winter I can remember — oh the days in February when it snowed and snowed and snowed! — is now officially over, but the rain has begun.

Now admittedly rain has the huge advantage over snow that it comes down and drains away and you don’t have to walk through it, or drive through what’s left of it, once it’s gone.  But the kids are dying to play out of doors, it’s getting warm enough so that all you need is a sweater, and what happens?  Someone unzips the sky and the rain falls down.

I remember thinking when I lived in England that the English were the most weather-obsessed people in the world.  My mother-in-law, bless her soul, never planned any event without pointing out that whatever was scheduled might have to be changed “depending on the weather.”  Wonderful woman:  she lived the last years of her life in Canada where she could turn on the television to Canada’s weather station and watch it happily all day long if she chose.  Bliss!  And fortunately we live close enough to the Canadian border so that she could keep track of our weather as well.

So it is to a certain extent discouraging to discover that I have apparently “caught” the weather obsession.  I am already gloomily aware that the weekend is going to be wet.  Resoundingly wet.  My grandson is having his first real experience of Boy Scout camping — in a tent — and his mother is worried that he won’t take to it.  I told her reassuringly that children look at weather differently from adults.  Camping in the rain in a tent can be exciting, I told her.

I’m afraid I would mainly consider it wet.

But the year circles around, and this being Michigan, I know it will change.  There will be spring (at least I hope this isn’t spring now!) and then the long hot summer.  I hardly dare say long hot dry summer, because I would not wish to curse our farmers with drought — but surely July and August will have a few bright blue sky days!

And then the magnificent colors of autumn, and then — and then —

Winter.  Please, please by then let me be ready for it!



One Response

  1. We also watch the weather a lot. It’s interesting how fascinated with something we have no control over and cannot change.

    But I do get it. 🙂

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