Bob Sneller: Some weather thoughts

Bob Sneller

I value greatly the opinions of my loyal, faithful, veteran readers.

So, in an attempt to please them, I decided to write about something different this week.

I wanted to make it a topic that would be of wide interest to them.

I decided to do a survey of all my regulars to discover a subject with universal appeal.

After listening to all five of them carefully for a week, I determined that, by a narrow margin of 3 to 2, their number one favorite topic is … (drum roll) … the WEATHER!

All of my life, I have heard folks talk about the weather.

“It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good.”

“When the wind is in the east, it’s fit for neither man nor beast.”

“If you don’t like the weather, just wait a while and it will change.”

These and other often-repeated comments about the weather can be heard regularly.

Especially here in Southwest Missouri where the weather has been, to put it mildly, highly unpredictable and changeable of late.

Mark Twain had this to say about the New England weather in a speech he gave to the New England Society at Christmastime, 1876. (No, I did not personally hear the speech, but John McCain might have.) Twain said, “The weather gets through more business in the spring than any other season. In the spring, I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

Thus, we can clearly see that we are not alone in receiving a variety in our weather patterns.

Charles Dudley Warner wrote this in his editorial in the Hartford (Conn.) Courant on Aug. 24, 1897: “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Mark Twain later used Warner’s observation in his speeches.

Weather forecasters have often been a target of displeasure when they miss the mark or when their 200 county map covers half of Yankee Stadium during a ball game.

Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote these words that could well apply today: “The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1805-1882) wrote about how weather is such a large part of our lives in his poetic fable, “The Mountain and the Squirrel”: “All sorts of things and weather must be taken in together, to make up a year and a Sphere.” (I interpret Sphere to represent a life.)

I like what Sir Arthur Helps wrote in his “Companions of My Solitude”: “To be sure, there was chilliness in the air, but if you walked about with vigor, and said it was a charming morning, it gradually became so.”

Marcelene Cox, in 1949, observed that “One way to help the weather make up its mind is to hang out the washing.” (You old-timers may need to tell the youngsters about the days when we “hung out the wash.”)

My grandmother told me when I was a little boy afraid of a storm that there is “outside weather” and then there is “inside weather” within each of us.

She said to always try to be sunny on the inside and spread sunshine wherever you go, even when storms may appear on the horizon.

The Bible instructs us that “This is the day the Lord hath made. Rejoice and be glad in it!” There is no qualifying mention of the day’s weather in that verse.

In conclusion (your two favorite words), I appreciate your “weathering” this column.

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