Why is it that, whenever people get together, especially men, one of the first things they like to talk about is the weather? I mean, is everyone a ‘wannabe weatherman/weatherwoman’? Not that I mind. Weather is a topic, because of my nerd nature, that interests me in general.
Perhaps, it’s because weather has no racial connection (well, some might think so, but, generally speaking!), no economic boundaries, and it can be quite dramatic. Of course, there are those people who will carry on about the heat when it’s only 85 degrees outside just to have something to complain about.
In its own strange way, the weather ties us all together. Coming from Michigan where there are four seasons, there was always something to talk about. We had blizzards in the winter, lightening storms in the spring, those ‘hot’ days in the summer, and, in the fall, it was all about the crisp, fresh air changing all the tree leaves to orange & red.
Back when phones were all connected to the wall, my grandmother would avoid any calls during a lightening storm. I learned later that was because lightening had hit the house and run through the phone when she was on it. She definitely had a weather story to tell after that!
She also didn’t want to watch the television which was connected by wire to the antenna outside. It turns out, at a time when I was very young, lightening hit the home antenna and came right out of the tv like a Tesla tower! She had reason to be careful to say the least.
While in California, the Bay Area’s temperature was a steady 65 degrees with very little rain. Great but boring... In Texas, the weather is a much more serious thing to consider. I’ve been in earthquakes and blizzards, but those are mild compared to some of the storms that happen around here. There’s just nothing like baseball sized hail falling from the sky through your windows.
Wherever you may live, the weather is a source of conversation. The problem men have is that it’s usually at the start and finish of a conversation. I think they call it a diversion from anything serious, emotional, or uninteresting to them. Who knows, but men are masters at weather small talk.
Apparently, weather is also a tool used to help people learn English (go figure) because of the small talk aspect. I’ll just post this humorous snippet below as an example.
So, the next time you’re at a party or call that distant friend, remember to ask, ‘how’s the weather??’. It might just lead to a deeper conversation. You never know…
How’s the weather where You are?...
Love always my friends!