In Defence of Talking About the Weather

The relationship between Bella and Edward in Twilight can certainly be viewed as one of the most awkward relationships in fictional history. It’s no surprise, then, that their first conversation is partly about what is often considered the most awkward topic to talk about: the weather. “You’re asking me about the weather?” says Bella, horrified, while she and Edward are examining material under a microscope. “Yeah…” answers Edward, slightly ashamed of himself, “I guess I am?” It seems widely accepted that talking about the weather with someone equals having absolutely nothing to say to each other. Mentioning the awful cold as a last resort to avoid awkward silence. But why are we degrading this topic to a level even beneath politics and football? This article will be a defence of the wonderful conversations you can have about the weather, because there is nothing awkward or mundane about it.

The activity in the Scottish sky so unique and interesting, it would be a waste not to talk about it. Looking out of the window in the morning will be a surprise, every single day. And time that should be spent listening to a lecturer or studying gets so much more interesting when you transform yourself into a weather person, observing the clouds rolling in over the hills or the wind sweeping the sky blue, the weather literally changing before your eyes. Being woken up by sunlight peeping underneath my curtains makes me want to share my happiness with everyone all day. Having to walk to uni in torrential rain, on the other hand, might compel me to finally talk about something that’s bothering me.

I can’t imagine living in a country that has the same kind of weather for day after day after day. I agree that mentioning ‘It’s cold, right?’ when it’s minus 15 degrees and snowing for months on end does imply some sort of awkwardness. But even then, the cold on that particular day might suddenly make you feel something worth sharing. Do the clouds make you want to lie in the grass the whole day? Does the rain make you happy, because it’s funny to look at other people’s disgusted faces? Tell me. I’d love to know.


[Aike Jansen]

Image: The Telegraph

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