People in Ireland spend an inordinate amount of time talking about the weather. I sometimes wonder if that goes back to the days when farming was so dominant here.
But it’s the way the weather is talked about that really fascinates me.
I’ve been doing a survey on the move since the heatwave began a few weeks ago and I’m amazed at the extent to which God pervades passing exchanges, especially with people aged over about 25.
This is just so typical:
Me Greeting Acquaintance/Stranger: Great Day!
Response: Wonderful, thank God!
I’m not a ‘God’ person but somehow I think I’d miss this turn of phrase if it suddenly stopped.
And while I’m on the subject of things religious, I can’t seem to make up my mind how I’d feel if the ringing of the Angelus Bell at noon everyday on the National Airwaves was dropped. It certainly lets me know what time it is; that I’m here in Ireland; and it’s been doing that since I was born!
I wonder if it’s the heat that’s making me write about such things?
P.S. I’m totally against the calls to stop the jingle of the ice-cream van as it goes around town in Summer. That would really be the end of an era! (Yes, I know about noise pollution and obesity and kiddies demanding ice-cream …..)
Where do YOU stand on any/all of these BIG issues?