Teaching at home means there is a window to my left. When the students are doing work, I briefly peer out to see what is going on in my neighbourhood. I also keep a lookout for the mailman since I am waiting for several packages in the mail. The window is on the second floor and offers a decent view of the street. Since everyone checks their mail, I see many of my neighbours as they stop and check their boxes.
When class was over on Friday, I finished up my weekly paperwork (can we still call it that even though it isn’t really paper anymore? Maybe I should call it record keeping.) and decided to unwind with a few YouTube videos. I subscribe to a number of content creators, so I have something to watch every day.
I was casually watching some creator talk about their latest woodworking project–as I explained before, this idea of a hobby has really caught my attention–despite the fact that I really have neither the space nor the budget for it–when I realized something had changed. I could feel a strong wind blowing across my belly. I must have been more engrossed in the workshop video than I believe because I hadn’t noticed how dark it had gotten. Because the window was open, but the blinds closed so I could enjoy the video glare free, the wind was the first thing I noticed. Then there was the sound of raindrops. Those became louder and more frequent. As I paused the video, the wind became louder.
I then did all those things that you do when this happens. I rushed around closing windows that seemed to be letting in rain. I checked to see if everything was okay outside. I checked on the cat–he was asleep in his new cat bed completely oblivious. I peered out that same window and saw some squirrels making a dash across the street.
I remember so often telling my students that weather was less predictable in my area. They scoffed and explained where they lived that their weather forecasts were correct to the minute or that the weather rarely changed. After shrugging, what more could I do.
It seems odd to pick a rather intense weather event as Today’s Perfect Moment, but since it wasn’t a deadly storm, I can see the beauty in it. It certainly brought some intensity to my drab work day.