There had been five days of rain and fog, and the morning of the sixth day seemed to present only a repetition of the dismal weather. Several friends who had planned to make a little excursion that day, arrived at the appointed place of meeting arrayed in waterproofs and rubbers and carrying umbrellas. Various members of the group suggested postponing the trip until some more favorable day, but since some of the visiting members of the party must return the following day to their distant homes, postponement would mean abandonment. It was therefore decided to continue in spite of the mist. The last person to join the group immediately became the butt of raillery, in view of the fact that she had neither waterproof nor umbrella, and was dressed in a garb more suited to sunshiny weather than to the fog. True she did wear rubbers, but she had made no other provision against wet weather or walking. When given a chance to explain her peculiar folly, as it appeared, she merely said, "I think it is not going to rain today. Indeed, if I am not much mistaken, the fog will begin to lift in a couple of hours, and by noon we shall have a clear sky. At any rate, I have come prepared for fine weather, and I even expect to carry instead of wearing my rubbers home."

As it was known that she had some knowledge of meteorology and was given to studying the weather, she was only chaffed a little about prophesying, because if she made a mistake they would not let her hear the last of it; to which she replied that if she were correct, she supposed they would not refer to the subject again. As to the outcome, suffice it to say that the fog did lift, the sky did become cloudless, and those who came prepared for rain found it less convenient to carry a waterproof and umbrella than if they had a small package containing only a pair of rubbers.

February 24, 1912

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