“People always talk about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” I can’t remember who said that. I don’t know if I ever knew who said that. It’s true, though. People talk about the weather even though there’s nothing we can do about it. That’s because there is so little about the weather that can start an argument.
Weather is something you can talk about with strangers in elevators. It keeps us from riding in silence without coming to blows with our fellow passengers. Weather is a safe topic, because there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. It is what it is.
It’s usually a boring topic, too. “Nice weather, isn’t it?” “Yes it is.” The elevator doors ping open and you escape. Sometimes the conversations are longer and a bit more interesting, especially when the news media hype up a snowstorm as the blizzard of the century. Every blizzard that comes along is the blizzard of the century until the next one. I think they think we don’t notice. We’re passive about it because there is nothing we can do about that either.
Tornados are also a good topic, allowing people to be thankful they weren’t involved. Give me a nice boring afternoon, not too hot and not too cold. We don’t get many of those. What I consider not too hot, someone else thinks is too hot. It’s not enough for anyone to get angry over, but it’s always nice to be comfortable.
I’m not fond of rain, although I do recognize its importance to me. Without it, nothing would grow. I may have to mow my lawn every week because of it, but it is good to have green grass surrounding me. Brown grass is so depressing. Dead flowers do little to enrich our lives. They have so little color. Rainy day make us appreciate sunny days. Overcast days do that as well.
Snow has its uses as well, filling lakes and rivers with life giving water and letting fish have their habit. Rain is more useful in that it cleans the air as it comes down. I don’t think that snow has quite the same effect, but I have no idea what I’m basing that on. Water falling down from the sky just makes you think of the cleansing effect of water. Snow falling down just piles up.
That’s not to say that flooding is good. It isn’t all bad as it brings rich soil to the land, but if you happen to live in the flooded area, that’s not completely good as no one really wants nice rich soil in their homes. It’s usually thick, wet and hard to get out of the carpet.
Everyone talks about the weather. It’s there. We see it. We feel it. It’s all around us. It’s a part of life and that is a fact that we face every day. What would we do without weather? We’d have to ride silently in our elevators.