It’s official. The men in my family have a strange obsession with weather.
My dad took a class on the subject in college. He watches The Weather Channel for fun. He can tell you the difference* between sleet and freezing rain—one comes down frozen, one freezes upon contact—and every winter, he makes certain both his children (Little Bro and Yours Truly) are aware of every possible adverse weather-related driving scenario before we even think about maybe wanting to drive ten minutes across town for knockoff coffee dates with our friends. Also, Dad’s perfect weather is seventy-five degrees, sunny, with a slight breeze, and shade available nearby…and I have to ask, what other kids would know, specifically, their father’s ideal weather? This is just one of those things we grew up with, along with telling time by TWC’s “Weather on the 8′s.”
Don’t get me wrong: I find this trait absolutely, 100% endearing. And I have been known to use my randomly accrued knowledge to both start conversations and motor my way through especially painful ones.
However. Little Bro signed up for his first-semester freshman classes today, and, lo and behold, what is his chosen science course? Weather.
Gosh, I hope he was grinning at the inherent humor of the situation when he added his name and student ID number to that roster, following in his father’s footsteps**. Watch him come home for winter break, decided on being a meteorologist (instead of his current political science major); I’m actually willing to put money on it. Any takers?
The truly pertinent question is probably, Will this expertise get him laid? And if not, Will it at least get him digits? Oh, to be a college n00b once more!
*By the way, do you know which one is freezing rain and which one is sleet? If not, please provide me with your email addresses—Dad would love to educate you. “Everyone should know this.” Everyone in the Harris household already does.
**Poor Dad, appearing twice on the blog this week. I’ll have to get him something really nice for Christmas to make up for this “abuse.”