There Is No Bad Weather
“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing,” goes a popular Norwegian saying. The weather sure has been bad. It’s been 3 weeks since the autumn rain started, and it has rained every day. Today we had 40 mile-a-hour wind and hail. But we braved this weather like true Vikings. We traveled by fast ferry and then bus to Mo-i-Rana, the largest city in this region. The whole family hiked to a beach last weekend. Kristin and the medical intern on the island swam in the bay below us, and I continue to trek the mountains here twice a week.
The children play outside everyday in school, regardless the weather, and they’re required to bring rain gear to school. In our pre-school in Boston, this would be unthinkable. The Norwegian attitude about being outdoors in all weather conditions may sound foolish for Americans, but no doubt it’s the reason behind this country of 4.7 million winning more Winter Olympic medals than any other country.
I, for one, dig this foolish attitude. In Boston, everyone complains about the cold and the snow in the winter. What a tough way to live, if you live one quarter of your life in misery! Half of happiness is attitude. Right after a big snow storm in Boston, our kids nags us to go out and play in the snow. And yes, gear is important. One of Marcus’s playmates used to hate being outside in the winter until we talked to her parents about long woolen underwear.
So perhaps, it’s not just bad clothing that makes the weather bad. It’s the bad attitude.