Where I live, Spring doesn't come early, if it even comes at all. Somewhere around Mother's Day we might start to see some greenery pushing its way through the stubborn ground, but until then, there's just not a lot of springtime happening around here. And pretty much as soon as Memorial Day hits, it gets to be about 95 degrees with humidity that will make your hair stand on end and stays that way until somewhere around October.
Welcome to life in the Windy City. Ugh.
On Saturday, I was driving home from the city with a friend. We were tired from three days at a conference, and the weather was gloomy. In fact, "gloomy" is an understatement. It was downright nasty. Gray. Clouds so thick you could reach out and touch them. And the worst--it started snowing . . . sideways.
Seriously now, it's March. Time to be done with the snow. Saturday's weather really was enough to challenge even the happiest person, and it was enough to just about push me right over the edge.
Solution? Turn on some music. I turned on our local Christian radio station and we started humming along to some of our favorite songs. But then the announcer came on and ruined everything. "Ahhhh, Spring." he said. "All the flowers were blooming as I was driving to work today. It was so beautiful." (And then he probably went on to say something about how wonderful God is to give him such gorgeous weather and to fill his life with such beautiful flowers. Blah, blah, blah.)
Immediately, and in unison, my friend and I said, "OH, SHUT UP!!!!!" We actually yelled at the radio guy! It wasn't his fault. How could he know that as he opined about the beautiful flowers we were driving in a sideways sleety, slushy, snowy mess?
My friend then said, "Hey, that's not K-LOVE. That's not loving at all!"
To which I replied, "No. That's K-HATE. It is absolutely hateful to talk about spring flowers when we're dealing with this."
And so, I have a feeling that my favorite Christian radio station will forever be known to me as K-HATE. Only because I am so tired of winter that I feel some seriously strong reaction to anyone who has better weather than me right now.
And that's pretty much the rest of you.
So tell me, what's the weather like where you are? Please give me some hope that spring will actually come someday.