In case anyone doubts the fickleness of the weather in Calabria, I'm going to show you a little of what it was like here on Thursday, November 1.
From the time I woke up that morning, it had been pouring, buckets and buckets of water, so I hadn't paid much attention to the windows. But then, just as I was starting to think about lunch, a hint of sun glared through the balcony door.
Literally at that moment, P called me and told me to look outside.
I've seen a lot of rainbows here, but never one this low; indeed, that's why P had called me--he hadn't either. And where he was at the time, he was nearly at the start (or end?) of it--my little pot o' gold!
To be clear, these views are from my balcony, off to the left. To the right there is the sea, or at least that's what's usually there.
We get a good amount of fog here throughout the fall and winter months, but I've never seen this much fog in the daytime. It rolled through quite quickly, though.
At this point I thought we were finally, finally in for some afternoon sun, and we did have a good couple hours of the stuff, but then I looked out toward where the rainbow had been.
And it rained the rest of the afternoon and was cloudy and/or rained Friday. As I type this on Saturday morning, there's plenty of sun and not a cloud in sight, but I'm not placing any bets.
The sun and rain, the clouds and sky, the hail and snow, the wind and still air, the heat and cold--all of the natural weather elements that make the world go round, help our food to grow, make trees greener, and above all, keep life interesting.
Because who hasn't gotten caught in the rain? Or the wind? Or the snow? It's not always fun (although it can be!), but it's always an experience. You just can't help but feel alive when you're getting pelted in the face with hail, can you?
And besides, sometimes it's good to be reminded that the world does what it wants and we're just along for the ride. Weather you like it or not. Hah!