We are soon stepping into the month of June and getting closer and closer to welcome the first day of summer. The weather is blossoming and the temperature rise up to notches as we trudge ahead further and further into this season. There are always plans during the weekends. If not visiting our friends and families, we will be out exploring the Nature- like going to the park and having a nice little picnic! Kevin is a Nature boy. He is not the kind of kid who would curl up in the sofa the whole day and watch the TV or play video games. He would rather be outside in our back yard, playing in his swing and slide or having fun with his ‘rock collection’ which he treasures with his life! I find it really easy to manage Kevin during this time around since it takes only a little to make him happy and content- like letting him go to the back yard and play, offer him cool lemonade when he whines for a treat or allowing him to play his heart out in the water tub. I know all these fun activities are like heaven for him and he becomes such a happy child. And I can already say that Krista will keep him good company when she is able to join him one day. I have noticed the way she tries to leap out of my arms whenever I open the door to the back yard and a fresh cool air breeze in. I can tell that she cannot wait to explore the world behind those doors and that she is very impatient to join Kevin at those times and share the fun. I love my Nature Boy and Nature Girl!
One thing I noticed about me after I came here to live in Canada is that I have learned a lot to appreciate the weather conditions and mindful of what the weatherman has to say to us every day. I diligently watch for Mother Nature’s behavior- is she going to be okay today or go bonkers on us- in her rainy days and sunny days. If it is winter, I worry whether she is going to go crazy and bombard us with a snow storm and make our life difficult. If it is summer, I speculate about my kids getting sun burn on our day out in the park with the intense heat. Specially, when we go away somewhere, Hubs makes sure to find out about the weather and we pack our cloths accordingly. Layers, Check! Sun glasses, Check! Hats, mittens, gloves, check! Shorts and tees check! – You know, whatever the season is. Initially when I came here, it looked to me as funny when people listening to weather news like anything. I was surprised that there was even a full fledged weather channel! I wondered what they are going on about the whole day… I doubted the accuracy of their reports and convinced that Hubs is so stupid to respect their data so much. How little I knew then? No kidding, right?
Back home in India, I couldn’t care less for the sun screen lotion or sun glasses. There was always an umbrella in my purse because I had to be prepared for untimely rain all.the.time.
In India, Weather reports are a joke.
If they say rain, then it is going to be a hot summer day. If they say, it is going to be a hot day, then you better have an umbrella with you when you leave home. So the norm is whatever they report, you just expect the opposite! I am serious guys. This is true.
The end result? The weather forecast there is as good as dead. People there have learned to ignore and tune them out completely and listen to one’s intuition- like what do you think today is going to be like? Does it look like rain? Okay, get the umbrella. Is it going to be cool? Well, have your full sleeve on… you know, that sort of thing. Indian climate changes every day- one day it is hot, next day, a bit cool and day after, you will be dumped with heavy rain. The highly unpredictable nature of Indian weather is not good news when you get little or no help from the weather guys over there.
So you can imagine when I first moved here, “the weather business” was one of the “cultural shocks” that I got. I simply couldn’t trust them and couldn’t understand their importance in people’s lives. I was always insecure around them and continued to carry my umbrella in the purse on my trips outside home- even during the summer days with no tinge of cloud in the bright blue sky! Yeah, I was pathetic. I didn’t know I could trust them until a few years ago.
I am embarrassed when I revisit this phase of my life when I had trust issues with Mother Nature and Canada’s weather report. I blame the inconsistency of Indian Weather Department and their constant errors in this area for my lack of faith for the Universal Weatherhood! But now I can say that the worst is over and that the Weather Guy has won my heart, finally. I believe in him with all my heart and listen to his words intently. I do as he says and nothing can sway me from breaking up with him. My faith is steadfast in him and it is all good now.
Where is my umbrella, you ask? Ask me that in the next Spring. Because even I don’t know where it is now since I am expecting Summer at my door soon!
How important is listening to Weather in your day to day life for you? Do you feel like something is missing when you do not know what the days’ forecast is and you are out and about anyway?