Idle griping

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Canada gets hot in the summer!
Really?
The way the national media is portraying it, you’d think the “heat wave” currently blanketing Central Canada was some weird phenomenon never before experienced by those of us living in the Great White North.
Well, guess what? Cities like Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal have been hot during the summer before—and will be again. Yet you can bet the media will trundle out the same experts, warning of the importance to stay hydrated, as if the world was about to end.
Canadians are a fickle lot when it comes to the weather. We complain when it gets too hot in the summer, and when it doesn’t get hot enough. We grumble that it’s too rainy or too dry. We mutter that it’s always nice on a Monday and Tuesday, and lousy on the weekend, as if Mother Nature knows what day of the week it is.
Sure, there are those with legitimate gripes: farmers whose livelihoods get wiped out by flooding or drought, and people picking through the wreckage that was once their home after a tornado. Here in Rainy River District, six-plus inches of rain thanks to two thunderstorms in three days last week has caused problems in the fields, some road washouts, and likely more than a few wet basements.
But really, it’s nothing we haven’t seen here before (and, yes, will again).
Hey, it’s not winter. We should be embracing all that our short summer has to offer, rather than grouch about it.
Besides, complaining not only won’t change anything, it makes us lose sight of what’s most important: being grateful for each day we have.


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