Living in Vancouver there is always lots of discussion about the weather. Hot enough for you? Cold enough for you? Wet enough for you? There are people who are depressed by our long dark winters with rain. Excuse me? You prefer highs of – 10? Move east. The elderly are able to go out most days in our winter. I remember one year, Italy had such wicked temperatures that they were unable to heat their places or get food and many elderly died. I’ve lived in the east and none of the weather appealed to me. Too cold in the winter, too hot in the summer. We have those long lovely summer days that don’t turn off until 10pm. And Spring! Don’t get me started. We live in a Rain Forest, what do you expect? What we need in Vancouver is a fur-lined (not real) waterproof raincoat. I have owned the biggest collection of umbrellas, all sizes, all colours. I think I’ve provided them for most of the population because I continually leave them somewhere. I don’t own a “winter coat”. The same coat does you fine all year round. You can up it with a down vest but you don’t need winter clothes. I’ve seen someone in shorts every month of the year here, even flipflops. I love the sound of rain on the roof and and watching small ones with their frog umbrellas, ladybug boots are fun. Recently a trend for women is rubber boots in different colours and designs as well. We’ll also always have one of the richest commodities in the world here-water. So embrace the weather! I leave you with this quote.
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
The author Dianne Dixon is a member of UWCV since 1987. She is past chair of the House Committee overseeing the upkeep and care of our heritage clubhouse Hycroft. Dianne, as well as singing, enjoys many of our interest groups including poker, chick flicks and femme du fromage.