Talking about the Weather

Copyright 2014by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014by R.A. Robbins

“Don’t knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” —  Kin Hubbard  

I don’t usually comment on quotes, but today I couldn’t resist. When I first read it I laughed. It is funny. It is also true.

But as far as I am concerned there is absolutely nothing wrong in talking about the weather. It establishes a connection. No matter how brief or trivial it may seem, it opens doors.

Have you even been walking by a someone and said, “lovely weather isn’t it?” Did they smile? Did they respond? Did a conversation begin? You may never know what the brief exchange meant to the other person.

We live in a time when we desperately need to talk to each other. The weather is just as good a place to start as any.

7 thoughts on “Talking about the Weather”

  1. Agreed! I smiled at a woman in a wheel chair at the store today who looked unhappy. She smiled back and mentioned the weather. You’re right, people are hurting in this crazy world. I know it has certainly helped me when I’ve been trapped in my head and someone standing next to me or walking by says hello or “what about this weather!”. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for the comment. We moved recently so we’ve been having a lot of weather conversations. We’re meeting people I’m sure we’ll go on to have deeper conversations with but you do have to start somewhere.

  2. Interesting thought, I never thought of it that way…next time I mention I weather I will remember the connection I made with a stranger. Blessings ~

    1. Thanks Patty. I think it’s a better way to greet people than “how are you?” Most people aren’t really going to tell you how they are, they just say “fine” and keep going but just about everybody has something to say about the weather. πŸ™‚

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