(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska –
Friday Preview – A student reminded me of that 81-degree day last spring. The rest of the class nodded half with the wonderment of that glorious afternoon, and half unsure, as if maybe it didn’t happen. Last summer was a Sasquatch, it showed up once in spring, then vanished leaving us all questioning whether it really happened. We did have that nice week in August, but by that point, the damage was done.
It is interesting how much the mood can undulate with the weather. During college in Arizona, it was never a concern. I wore flip flops every day. Every. Day. Putting shoes on felt weird, and constrictive and hot. The pronounced tan line on the top of my foot was one of more treasured attributes of my fleeting youth. I mention this because it was nice today, will be nice tomorrow, and for the weekend. I can’t help but wonder if this is our only shot at summer. I’m not a cynic by any stretch. I have Gore-Tex and am not afraid to use it, I’d just prefer not to, you know? I’d like real summer.
In California, it was warm and sunny. When it clouded and rained, people went crazy though the moisture was needed. Every year kids mistook hail for snow. Amateurs.
Anyway, my mood isn’t that dependent on the weather. It can’t be. I still have to have a level of optimism that spring will stick around and summer won’t be a no-show.
I don’t want to screw this weekend up, you know? We only get a couple of these per season at most and the winter ones are beautiful but certainly not warm.
I am going to make this weekend a brochure.
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