Waking up to a grey, cloudy day and hearing the patter of heavy rain on the roof, fills me with glumness. There’s no joy in the rain – it means umbrellas and hoods, frizzy hair, wet jeans and waterproof shoes that inevitably turn out not to be waterproof.
When I wake up to the rain, my smile fades. It puts me in a melancholy mood instantly. When it rains my commute to work is always more problematic - suddenly people fill public transport and said transport shuts down amid the chaos. If it rains at the weekend, all I want to is curl up and watch a film, knowing that the horrible weather is far away from me, locked outside, forbidden to cross my path.
Singing in the Rain? An iconic picture, an iconic film that suggests rain can make you dance and sing and smile with love and happiness. I don’t think so! It makes me want to hide under cover and moan.
Despite the fact it rains constantly in England, we all grumble about it. We all talk about it. It’s like a huge surprise when it happens even though rarely a week goes by without it. We love to discuss the weather – it’s part of our Britishness. Probably because it’s always so bad and yet we all have hope it won’t be. That we will get 5 days in a row of warm sun and be able to do all those things people who live with better weather can do – barbeques or picnics, sunbathing, trips to the seaside or park, eating strawberries and cream or having that elusive party in the garden.
Yet for some rain suggests romance. How many films or songs out there describe the above scene – kissing in the rain. A man rushing to you in the rain and declaring his love. Standing outside your lover’s home in the rain to show how much you want them.
Sorry but if I want to kiss my soul mate, I don’t want frizzy hair or soggy shoes. I don’t want to worry about slipping in puddles or cars splashing us as we stand on the pavement smooching.
Rain is not romantic for me. Rain is a pain (sorry couldn’t resist that one!). As long as I live in England, I will not only have to put up with the wet stuff but listen to countless people say – “goodness, isn’t the weather terrible today?!” Just don’t try and kiss me in it please!
I hope it’s sunny where you are,