Everyone who lives in Missouri has heard that old joke "if you don't like the weather – stick around". That has never been more true than in the past few weeks. Here in the heartland we've had 40+ drops in the temp in just a matter of hours multiple times. One evening The Hub and I went for a run in shorts, long-sleeved t-shirts and mittens – but WITHOUT hats, coats, long-johns and scarves the way we had been running. It was a glorious run – the temp was bouncing around 60 degrees even after the sun was down and it felt like spring was right around the next corner. Actually what was around the next corner was a blast of cold air. It hit me like a kick in the teeth and I said out loud (okay, panted out loud) … well, here comes winter again… and by the time we got home, the temp had dropped about 15 degrees. The next morning there was snow on the ground and my eyelids nearly froze together when I went outside.
It's frustrating. Frustrating when you don't know how to dress or plan or prepare. I feel badly for the weather forecasters around here because I think they are just blindsided half of the time.
I've known people in my life who are like the weather in Missouri. Hot one moment, cold the next and going back and forth without warning. Unpredictable. Irregular. Volatile. It's frustrating. And, if I were being honest, I'd have to confess I have problems with this myself. I experience times when I'm up, happy and silly and then, just like that, I'm down. I rarely get angry but I do get upset, distressed, sad. And, sometimes, irritable. Truthfully, I don't ever want to lose those extremes because I think it add characters to my character. I don't want to be steady Eddie, mellow yellow or just "take it as it comes jenne" but I think I do need to learn how to be a tiny bit more predictable. I think it should be easier for people who love me to forecast my moods. I don't think people I care about should go for a run with me, take a corner and get kicked in the teeth by my attitude.
Then again, maybe that's just their problem. Geez. Lay off me already.