Talk about seasonal outrage. We have gone from being outraged about “Baby, it’s cold outside”, to being outraged over the phrase, “Get out your flip-flops, it’s going to be a warm weekend folks!”
Apparently, there's a controversy brewing regarding making declarations of happiness and joy about the prospect of nice weather. I did not make this up.
A recent CBC news article headlined “When talking about the weather, some Vancouverites want more focus on climate change” is currently making the rounds of shares and retweets on Twitter. The article explains how weather forecasters need to be cognizant about how they inject their own preferences into the forecast to one where the emphasis is placed on how our weather is changing. The article also focuses on how "rain bias" is something that needs to be addressed.
I am conflicted. I live in Northern B.C. where I suffer through six or more long months of cold and snow. Am I supposed to downplay my giddiness when it finally warms up? I work all week long – am I supposed to feel climate change guilt because I would like to have one day, even a half day, on the weekend where I can read a book on my sun-deck. Can I even say, ‘sun-deck’ anymore or should I call it my ‘wooden cancer-causing platform’?
When I make an off-hand, casual comment where I say I'm hoping for a nice weekend, that doesn’t mean that I don’t realize we need rain. I do know that conditions are dry and that we have been living through summer after summer of forest fire devastation.
I feel conflicted writing this column because some might perceive my comments as not being sensitive to climate change, or not being empathetic towards those who have lost homes or property to wildfires.
Don't mistake my sarcasm for a lack of understanding about the world and the rising temperatures, vanishing polar ice, threatened species, and diminished ozone layer. Ugh… now I am really depressed.
Of course, I care about all of those issues, but I also would like to have somewhat of a reprieve from the last six months of winter. It doesn’t need to be surface-of-the-sun-hot, but a couple of plus 20-degree days as opposed to minus 20 is a nice change.
I get it, I really do. We can’t bargain with Mother Nature like some people barter with God. You know what I mean: When we pray for someone to get through an illness by promising that we will change our ways, we cannot do the same with Mother Nature. We can’t say, “If you give me just one nice day, it can rain the rest of the week.”
Some days, I wake up and wonder about how I will navigate a world where I need to put a five-second delay on my brain and voice; a world where I worry that something I say will somehow be twisted into something completely different than what I meant; a world where I am offending someone, somewhere, without realizing.
I hope you have a nice long weekend and when I say that I mean, “have a weekend that is great for you, with the knowledge that your great weekend might not be the same definition of a great weekend for another person and their circumstances.”
Is that alright?
Judy Kucharuk is a lover of sarcasm, witty people and footnotes. You can follow her on twitter @judylaine