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Changing Winds


I want to resist, but it hounds me like a personal injury lawyer with an Amway franchise.  It draws me in like some kind of magnetic field, pulling me closer and closer until I can no longer with-stand its seductive charms.

I’ve tried to escape but there’s really no place to hide.  It lurks in every corner of the country.  Just check in to any hotel, turn on the TV and bam, there it is—my obsession—The Weather Channel.

Even with knowing that it possessed some kind of bizarre control over me, I cave in.  Persuaded that one innocent glance at the “Local on the 8s”  couldn’t hurt anyone, I sneak a peek.  Ah, but the lure intensifies as it tickles my senses with the enticing background sound of smooth jazz.  And I swallow the bait when they roll out that city-by-city forecast.

Feeling as if I have taken flight,  I rise high above the continent, lost in the weather systems playing out below me.  Soaring over the great expanse of land I catch sight of cities like Kitty Hawk, North Carolina — Chattanooga, Tennessee — Paducah, Kentucky, and I just can’t get my fill.

Sky conditions, sustained winds, cold fronts, warm fronts, probabilities of precipitation, occasional periods of this, widely scattered periods of that; it fascinates me.

Minutes turn into hours as I sit there watching the same forecasts, the same radar screens, and the same ten day outlook repeated over and over again. I try to change the station, I really do, but my thumb has gone rogue on me and refuses to press the channel button.

I continue,  imprisoned there in front of the TV until the voice of reason breaks my trance, “Enough already!”   My wife takes the controller from my hand and powers off the TV.  I’m left there perched on the edge of the bed, staring at a blank screen thinking “But Pocatello, Idaho was coming up after the break.”

I can’t be the only Weather Channel junky out there.

How could a program that repeats itself hour after hour maintain an audience if not for some addictive charm—or hypnotic effect? Or maybe, just maybe it’s an escape.

Could it be that The Weather Channel depicts the ever changing conditions of life? Like unpredicted rainy weekends followed by sunny back-to-work Mondays. Weather happens and no one is exempt from what’s coming.

But maybe there’s encouragement in knowing that storm fronts come and go, that it’s always raining somewhere, and that the sun doesn’t constantly shine … but somewhere it is shining, and it will shine here again.

Photo credit: Colin-47 via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

18 thoughts on “Changing Winds

  1. Gene, this made me tear up. I know that sounds silly probably, that someone would tear up over the weather channel. But I get you. My dad watches the weather channel like an addict … But Gene, it’s something that connects us. My parents divorced when I was about 8, and my dad missed out a lot on our lives, we missed out on him, and he still tears up over it today. But he watches that weather, wherever I’m at … if I have bad weather, he knows it. He might even call to ask me about it. And just knowing what you’ve endured … ❤

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    • Never expected to touch anyone in this manner…but one thing I’ve noticed is that the smallest and often the most seemingly insignificant stories of life can have a huge effect on certain people. Maybe that’s why I like story telling so much. Thank you.

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  2. This made me smile, Gene. I confess, I check the Weather Channel on my phone at least a few times a day. And my youngest? Every day the question is the same: “Mom, what’s the high for today? What’s today’s forecast? Is it going to rain? Snow?” I may have fostered this possible addiction in him. 😉 And I may have traveled the world on my phone, tracking the weather patterns as they move from here across the Atlantic and to points beyond.

    I love the turn you made in this post. We do see the weather and it is reflective of life. There are sunny days and days when the deluges come. But, they pass on eventually. And God is with us through it all.

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  3. Gene, I admire and enjoy how you include humor, poignancy, and inspiration in your posts. The radio in my kitchen is always tuned to the CBC station so I can get my local Canadian news fix. If I let more than a day go by without listening to it, I feel out-of-sorts. Silly me. God already knows what needs to be known. I’ve managed to stop myself from listening to it first thing in the morning because I’d rather read the Good News before I hear any bad news.
    I’m glad He still has the whole world in His hands; thanks for the reminder. 🙂
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  4. This story made me giggle. I have 7 cities saved on my phone’s weather app. I like to know what the weather will be where I am, as well as my family and some friends who live in other places. I always want to know what the weather will be. And although I don’t watch the weather channel on TV, I am a news junkie and watch a cable news channel…a lot! Thank you for your stories.

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