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Raindrops, Rainbows or Warm Sunshine: Weather Is No Small Thing

We are experiencing a typical eastern North Carolina late afternoon (or early evening, if you prefer) thunderstorm as I write this. Less than an hour ago, I was at the grocery store sweating as I loaded the groceries into my car and wishing the heat would cool down a bit. Did I will it to rain with my awesome mental powers or is it simply a coincidence? Either way, since I am at my friend's house now listening to the raindrops pitter-patter on her tin roof, I am happy that the rain -- along with the temperature -- is falling.

Discussing the weather often seems to be the epitome of small talk, but is the weather really a small thing? When you think about it, the weather is really a reflection of life. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is bad. Sometimes it is what we expect, but it often surprises us. You may make plans based on what you expect the weather to be, but you never truly know what the day will bring. Maybe this is why so many clichés are based on the weather...

"When it rains, it pours."
"Walking on sunshine."
"You just have to weather the storm."
"You have your head in the clouds."
"Save it for a rainy day."
"Stick it where the sun doesn't..."

Well, you get the idea. ;)

So the next time you think you are using the weather just to make small talk, think about how important the weather really is. A major storm can change hundreds of lives in just a few moments. A sunny day can be the thing that sparks a romance. A fortuitous wind can bring a cool breeze that adds the perfect touch to a family gathering and cools things down right before Uncle Bert loses his temper like every other year. Big and small, weather has an effect on each of us every day whether we realize it or not.

And yes, there was a time as a child that I wanted to be a weatherman. :D

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JanetHunt wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:27 PM

DarkSinistar Sometimes, the sound of rain can be very soothing! :)

NeldaHoxie wrote on June 24, 2014, 12:55 PM

I know what you mean. On Cape Cod, which is an island, our weather changes rapidly and we don't usually mirror what is happening on the mainland.

GrannyGee wrote on June 25, 2014, 5:59 PM

I enjoyed reading your words... they were woven together in a beautifully, colored tapestry that I could see in my mind! The rainbow, the rain... blue sky, fluffy... white clouds moving with the wind... kissed by the happy sunshine! :))) You wrote it well.

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 26, 2014, 12:06 PM

I can totally get that, we (as full-time RVers) tend to talk about the weather all the time because we are outdoor people. It does effect us every day.

AliCanary wrote on November 1, 2014, 3:18 PM

I like the rain, and I don't mind "bad" weather (within reason--no tornadoes, please!), since it makes us appreciate good weather all the more. Let's hope Uncle Bert keeps his cool!