Friday, October 12, 2012

Weather or Not

Some people hate to see the end of warm weather. Personally, I have always liked autumn. It is one of the loveliest seasons with colorful leaves, decorations of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. People begin to bundle up a bit, bringing thick sweaters and light jackets from the back of the closet. Air conditioning gives way to electric blankets, furnaces and fireplaces. It's time to settle down a bit from the hectic summer. Crops have been harvested, the kids are back in school. Everyone let out a collective sigh.

What's not to love?

It appears there is something about weather and the change of seasons that causes people to whine. Perhaps it's because weather is something that we cannot control. Perhaps some folks just dislike change because it brings …change. Don't know.

But on any nice, brisk, sunny fall day, someone can invariably be heard complaining about the fact that another season has arrived. "It's too cold." "It's dreary." "Winter is just around the corner." "First we rake leaves, then shovel snow." We've all heard them expounding their opinions in the grocery aisle, standing in line at the post office or anywhere that a familiar face is encountered. Like a broken record, the same sentiment is repeated over and over.

Recently I came across a number of quotes about the weather. Thought they were interesting and wanted to pass them along, beginning with one of the best:

"Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people
couldn't start a conversation." -- Kim Hubbard

"The storm starts when the drops start dropping
When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping." -- Dr. Seuss

"Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it." -- Mark Twain

"When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure." -- Alice Hoffman

"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." -- Carl Reiner

"There is no weather in malls." -- Charles Baxter

"It's so dry the trees are bribing the dogs." -- Charles Martin

 "Not reassuring when weathermen say 'Today will be terrible but don't worry. It won't be as terrible as tomorrow or Friday.'" -- Jonah Goldberg

"After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest and rainy weather." -- Benjamin Franklin

"If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes." -- Mark Twain

"What can it be about low temperatures that sharpens the edges of objects?" -- Ian McEwan

"While it's summer people say
Winter is the better season.
Such is human reason." -- Reiko Chiba

"Love is like the weather in Nevada -- you don't know what the freak happens." -- Selina

Since such statements include founding father Benjamin Franklin, whining about the weather must have been with us for a while. Perhaps we all should just sit back, bite into a crispy apple and relax a bit.

Complaining isn't going to make any difference.

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