Since my move to Boston, the weather has been blessedly beautiful. We've had sunny skies and warm days, if not a little too warm. In fact, I was itching for a taste of some weather that might make me shiver a little and hunker down in our cozy place. On Sunday, my wish started to come true...
We entered a few days of rain, sometimes wretchedly heavy and at other times, hardly a drizzle. I ventured out in it on Tuesday, reminding myself that I needed to be prepared for a commute that will always involve lots of walking outdoors, and often involve some miserable weather. I knew I needed to break myself in. But it was...wonderful. The rain was light, and after spending a few hours away, I came home with damp jeans and made myself some hot soup. It felt good to need socks.
So yesterday I went out again, this time to the gym. I thought about bringing my fantastic Tretorn galoshes, and changing into my sneakers in the locker room. But then I realized how silly that would be of me, considering how light the rain had been on Tuesday.
As I was walking out the door with two bags of garbage and saw the rain I thought, "Well, I'll pretend I'm on a quest in Middle Earth and have a cozy hobbit hole waiting for me at the end." (I typically use whatever fictional bent I'm on to keep my spirits up on bad days.) When I missed a train by seconds and had to hop over a huge puddle, I thought, "Well, I'll pretend I'm on a walkabout in Lost and I'm embracing the rain." After waiting at the T-stop for a few minutes, trying to make myself as small as possible under my umbrella, I thought:
- I'm going to have to work out with wet, itchy feet.
- I'm going to get athlete's foot.
- My feet are going to stink.
- My shoes are still going to be wet tomorrow.
- My calves are wet and cold.
- I hate the MBTA.
After spending 15 minutes in the locker room trying to inconspicuously dry my socks and shoes with a hair dryer, I decided never to underestimate the weather here again. I will never leave my galoshes when it might be rainy. I will never wear a light jacket when I think it might be cold. I will never leave my hair down on a day when it might be windy. Then I'm sure I'll always look like this: