The weather. Always a great subject for small talk. An easy, safe conversation that establishes the fact that each of the players is cordial and considerate.
Except when one of the players is not.
In this case, it’s me.
Allow me to explain.
It’s May 2, today. Halfway through spring. That season where birds return and the grass greens up and daylight hours lengthen.
And this is what we woke up to this morning. About 6” of the white stuff.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” I grumbled.
Then it started.
Some people commiserated.
Others, however, chastised me for focusing on the negative. “But it’s so beautiful!”
One or two suggested that my complaint is misplaced considering the fact that others are contending with far worse. Floods and severe property damage.
I managed to bite my tongue, but only just. I don’t buy those arguments. Just because another’s experience is worse, doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to express frustration that is neither inappropriate nor overblown.
Don’t suggest that I don’t see the beauty in a snow-clad landscape. I do! I love the fact that spring birds are flocking by the dozens to our feeder. I also hate the fact that our feeder is the only thing they have for food because of the dang-blang snowstorm!
Do I empathize with the home owners who watch their house slowly sink into the floodwaters? Of course, I do. But empathy for the flood victim doesn’t erase the snowstorm and the aggravation it causes.
I get it. I know that my grievances are truly small potatoes in the scheme of worldwide hardship.
I am safe, I am warm, and well fed. Hubby is out with the snowblower, clearing the drive, even though we have nowhere to be. I am not agonizing over this weather. I don’t identify with it. Oh, woe is me, oh the humanity. That sort of thing.
My writing today is about sharing others’ reaction to my response to the weather. I know that snow happens. I know that I will survive this. I know that spring will come, eventually. But I chafe when others chastise me for sharing my experience of my world!
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