When I heard the news on the radio confirming what was being whispered around my office the previous day, I was pretty certain I knew what Today’s Perfect Moment was going to be. Various people had been talking about it at work and you could here exclamations like “Really? Awesome! Fantastic!” Basically, October first, almost ten days after Autumn officially started, a summer day was predicted.
Predicting the weather in Canada is somewhat like hitting the lottery. Everyone has a system. Everyone knows someone who actually predicted the first snowfall and the first blizzard. The thing is, you never meet these people. So expecting the prediction of a summer day in October to actually come true does not come without scepticism. As for me, since I had to turn the heat on the night before, I really thought that it wasn’t going to happen.
However, it turned out to be true. It was shorts weather. This didn’t mean that everyone on my bus got the message because amid the sun dresses, I did spot people wearing tightly buttoned up winter jackets. It was so unbelievable that I had to tell myself that they must be smuggling something, just to make the tiniest bit of sense out of it.
It was a glorious walk to the bus. I felt like it was summer again. I wanted to get out on my bike a ride a fantastic ride. I wanted to take someone special on a picnic. I wanted to lay around the beach. Instead, I was headed to work to deliver mock speaking tests to my class. Twice during my commute, I actively wondered if calling in sick wouldn’t look too suspicious.
When I got to work, one teacher was espousing the theory that this was either summer’s way of saying goodbye, or that summer was taunting us. I didn’t bother getting involved in either discussion. I just wanted to be outside.
The afternoon saw a lot of rain fall and someone said that the temperature had fallen. Nonetheless, I put my shorts back on for the ride home. For all I know, this could be the last shorts day of the year.
As an added bonus, my bus ride home was the fastest it has been in over a year. I guess the good weather had an effect on everyone.