Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Best Thing About a Rainy Day

Big Bear with Snow PICT9577a.jpgImage by Erik.Nielsen.Photos via Flickr

I know that I am spoiled living here in Southern California. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I think I would go crazy without all the sunshine and warm weather. I've grown up thinking that the snow is a place to visit for a long weekend (ala Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead) and that rain is something that happens a few days here and there in the Winter.

So when the meteorologists on the news warned of a solid week of rain, I checked my calendar to see if I had any appointments. When I discovered I had none and could spend the whole rainy week at home, I breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, I'm staying home all week.

Which got my thinking about a co-worker from my stint working for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee back in 1984. She told me that, when she was a student at UCLA, she never went to class on rainy days, which illustrates how few rainy days we really have here in Los Angeles. It also exemplifies the Southern California attitude towards rain.

That said, I think the rain is a great equalizer. What I mean is that everyone in Los Angeles this week is planning on staying at home when they are able due to the rain. I'm not the only one holed up in the house this week.

Weather like this encourages people to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea or snuggle under a blanket on the couch and watch a DVD movie. Today Robert and I were huddled together with the two dogs and one of our cats watching TV all evening. I bet many of our neighbors were doing the same thing.

So you see, because of the rain, everyone was living the life of someone with fibromyalgia today: staying home, resting and limiting out-of-the-house activities. It's on rainy days that the way I live my life every day isn't so different from everyone else. It's nice to be a bit like everyone else, even if this only happens on a rainy day.

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