We decided to go for a walk on Saturday afternoon.

I asked Attila if he thought it would rain, if I needed my hat.

The sun was shining, so he thought that I would not need my hat. So I decided not to wear my hat.

Off we went on a linear route, turning to come home again by the same path. At that point the sky darkened. A few minutes later there was a smattering of raindrops. Minutes after that a light rain began to fall. Attila offered me his hat, I declined, as it was not so cold, and I was enjoying the rain. Minutes after that it began to rain in earnest. This was not what we had expected! As we rounded a corner home was in sight, and it began to rain hard, then the hail started. I laughed. Sometimes the weather is a trickster.

I was mostly dry as I had worn my Cowichan sweater, the rain doesn’t penetrate that sweater. But my hair was soaked, and water was dripping from my eyebrows, and my nose. The hail was small, it stung a bit, but wasn’t a problem.

As we got to the door I laughed and said; “so much for not needing a hat!” The rain was one thing, but the hail was outrageous fortune!

Today when we talked on the telephone with Attila’s Mom for Mother’s Day, I relayed this amusing story. Her response was, “and it was his fault”, thinking the story was about Attila’s answer to my question. This took me by surprise. Fault? The concept had not occurred to me.

I had asked Attila his opinion. Attila gave me an honest answer based on the information available at the time. I decided to use the information Attila gave me, to make the decision not to wear a hat on our walk. Nature had her way with us. Why would it be Attila’s fault that it rained and hailed and I had no hat?

Attila’s Mom and I see the world quite differently.



Updated on Mon, May 10, 4:15 AM
Wind 6 W km/h
Humidity 91 %
Visibility 16 km
Sunrise 5:47 AM
Wind gust 8 km/h
Pressure 101.1 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 8:21 PM


“The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…”
William Shakespeare
Hamlet, Act III, Scene I

Well, perhaps a bit overstated, in the case of a little rain and hail!

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Maggie, perhaps it’s that you see Attila as an ordinary mortal, while his mother perceives him as a god and, therefore, omniscient. She wouldn’t be the first mother to view her son that way. 😉

Joan Lansberry

When outside, I always wear my Tilley hat for sunshine (as it’s so sunny here). In case of rain, it would also serve. (It rarely rains here. We have had hail, but that is even more rare.)


Just to be safe, the walking partner, especially the husband, should always say: wear a hat! Surprised Attila hasn’t figured this out!!