There is an app on my phone that tells me what the weather is because simply looking out my window isn’t enough in this technological day and age.
Mostly it reports on current conditions, letting me know the temperature outside in either Fahrenheit or Celsius depending on how a setting has been toggled. I don’t know how it toggles as I never tell it to do one thing or the other but it seems to toggle from the one to the other with some frequency and that’s just how it goes some days and what are you going to do about it is what I want to know.
There are times when it lets me know what’s coming up, which can be useful when the weather is not as perhaps one might wish it to be. You can make plans, or simply accept what is coming with graceful foreknowledge. It says, “Snow expected at 8:45pm” or “High winds until 3am.” Or perhaps “Plagues of locusts, hordes of tornadoes, and other assorted irritants to be defined as necessary will visit you until such time as you stop worrying about them.” You can never tell with the weather. Wait a couple of minutes. It will change.
Sometimes it just says, “Rain will continue.”
Rain will continue, yes my friends it will, with no particular end in sight. It is simply the new State Of Things, and one must adjust to it for the foreseeable future.
It will rain on the just and the unjust, on the strong and the weak, on fields and flowers. Rain will continue, reminding us that there is so much in the world that can only be adapted to and not controlled.
I like when it says things like that, because then I don’t need to worry about what is coming up because it’s going to look like what’s already coming down and I'm used to that by now.
You think to yourself, is that an observation, “Rain will continue,” or a command?
Not that it makes much of a difference to those on the ground, who get wet either way.
It was a grey, misty, drizzly sort of day today, just a few degrees above freezing in both metric and American, and for a while I was wandering about in it trying to get from Here to There for certain values of Here and There that had a lot of space in between them.
The rain did in fact continue.
There’s a lesson in there, perhaps.