The weather is like the Government, always in the wrong

Giovanni Fattori sunset at sea

We indignantly demand to know what has become of our good old-fashioned winters

It always is wretched weather, according to us.

The weather is like the Government, always in the wrong. In summer time we say it is stifling; in winter that it is killing; in spring and autumn we find fault with it for being neither one thing nor the other, and wish it would make up its mind. If it is fine, we say the country is being ruined for want of rain; if it does rain, we pray for fine weather. If December passes without snow, we indignantly demand to know what has become of our good old-fashioned winters, and talk as if we had been cheated out of something we had bought and paid for; and when it does snow, our language is a disgrace to a Christian nation. We shall never be content until each man makes his own weather, and keeps it to himself.

If that cannot be arranged, we would rather do without it altogether.

by Jerome Klapka Jerome (2 May 1859 – 14 June 1927)
from The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, On the Weather
image – Sunset at Sea by Giovanni Fattori (6 September 1825 – 30 August 1908)

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