Weather seems to be the dominant topic of many conversations these days, especially during this seemingly never-ending winter. I think it’s because weather is a unifying force. Love or hate the weather of the day, we all have to deal with it. Sharing weather stories is a great ice breaker (I know, bad pun.) And while different folks have different weather preferences, weather isn’t nearly as polarizing a topic as so many others, although I will admit to being tempted to hide some of my snow loving friends’ status updates from my Facebook newsfeed in recent days….
Weather, especially the recent stretch of severe winter weather in so many parts of the US, also teaches us a few things about life – mostly, that life is unpredictable, no matter what the weather forecasters would have us believe. It teaches us that we’re powerless against Mother Nature’s whims, and as such, weather also becomes a metaphor for letting go of control. Just like we can’t control the weather, we can’t control much of anything else, no matter how hard we try. Being flexible is one of the hallmarks of mental health, and nothing teaches us about being flexible like a winter storm messing up our travel plans.
Of course, the best way to stop trying to control your life, and the weather, is to live in the moment. And what better teachers for doing that than our cats?
When it comes to cats and weather, cats may serve another very useful purpose. According a a recent article in Time, cats can predict the weather. Time unearthed some feline weather wisdom in an old book of weather proverbs:
- When cats sneeze it is a sign of rain.
- When cats are snoring foul weather follows.
- When cats lie on their back, expect a storm.
- When a cat washes her face with her back to the fire expect a thaw in winter.
Apparently too many of our feline friends have been snoring and not washing their faces with their backs to the fire this winter.
Graphic at top of post adapted from a Weather Kitty App screenshot. Ruby, and her mom, would be quite content if the mercury never dropped below 80 degrees.