I live in San Diego. Before that I lived in San Luis Obispo and I am originally from Los Angeles. So you can pretty much assume I have lived in wonderful sunny Southern California weather my whole life. I love it! I’m the first to admit that I have about a 15 degree radius of temperature that I am comfortable in (65-80). Anything colder or hotter is too cold and too hot. Luckily, it pretty much stays in that range all year long in San Diego.
That being said… every once in a blue moon the sky decides to cry over our city. It’s okay. I know we need the rain. I also realized very quickly these ten things when it rains:
1. I DO NOT OWN ENOUGH CLOSED TOED SHOES.
If you must know… these are my cooler weather shoes. As opposed to flip-flops… some of my toes are actually covered with these peep-toed shoes and they are perfect for the Fall/Winter weather in San Diego. Unless of course it rains! So since it is raining, I should probably consider some of my fully closed toed shoes (aka. fashionable boots) but then I run into another problem…
2. I DO NOT OWN SOCKS.
This is not a joke. Where are all of my socks?! Or at least the pair to this loner sock in my drawer. I swore I bought socks the last time it rained!!!
For the record… I have never liked socks.
They suffocate my feet.
3. BORROWING OTHER PEOPLES STUFF TO GET BY IN THE RAIN IS OKAY.
Yes, I had to steal a sock from my husbands drawer to make the boots work. These are my… I don’t need to buy closed toed shoes… I don’t need to own socks year round… rain boot-boots! Getting by in the rain is just fine… it doesn’t rain here enough to constitute owning rain boots (or socks in my case).
Other than my lack of appropriate rain wardrobe, I also realized…
4. MY BABY DOES NOT HAVE COOLER WEATHER CLOTHES.
Umm… so my baby was born in the Summer… you know the Summer that lasts until November here in San Diego. So I have not bought cooler weather clothes for my baby. The only clothing she has that could work were a couple of long sleeved onesies and footie pajamas. Even her pants are capris or leggings. This morning she had already gone through her footie pajama stash and so I was trying to make a long sleeve onesie and leggings work for her. Only problem… her feet were bare!
Okay don’t panic… there have to be baby socks in my house somewhere. Anywhere. I have four kids… where are all the baby socks?! (Probably with my adult socks hiding and laughing at our cold feet). Okay new plan… what are the smallest socks I can find that could work? Ahhha! (opening my two year old boy’s sock drawer) Socks! Leftover baby boy socks I haven’t cleaned out of his drawer! Winning.
Grey is a neutral right?!
Okay now we are clothed and ready to go outside… but it’s raining… sooo… oh yes get an umbrella!
5. I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE UMBRELLAS ARE.
We also end up buying umbrellas every time it rains because you can never find them when you need them. My theory is that they become toys for my kids to play with (because they don’t get used 360 days a year) and they break… and I toss them out… and I forget all about them until it rains again the next year.
So the only umbrellas you have are your kids actual play umbrellas that you are not embarrassed to rock to your kids classroom and back to your car until you can get a respectable adult looking umbrella. I didn’t get a picture of that but here are the umbrellas in question and my cute kids enjoying the rain.
Now that I have purchased a respectable adult looking umbrella, a new problem arises…
6. AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME TO KEEP TRACK OF THEIR UMBRELLA.
Get out of the car and open the umbrella.
Walk to the nursery with baby in car-seat, diaper bag, purse and the umbrella.
Walk out of the nursery and to my car under an awning most of the way until that last little bit and ugh I am getting rained on… pick up the speed to the car so you aren’t getting too wet… wait didn’t I have an umbrella?!!! Where did it go?
Ahh… stupid useless new umbrella… never there when you need it. Drive away and while you are running errands the rain lets up. Take that umbrella… didn’t need you anyway.
Arrive back to the nursery and get out of the car… wait what?! Why is it raining again?! Pick up the speed so you don’t get too wet… hurry… you are almost under the awning. Phew. Not too bad. Turn the corner and (scoff) there is the dumb umbrella! FAIL.
The rain also allows for valuable conversations about weather that you didn’t realize your kids didn’t know about.
7. YOUR YOUNGER KIDS MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT RAIN IS
(OR WHAT OTHER COOLER WEATHER ELEMENTS ARE).
Conversation with my 2 year old in the car today…
Pierce: Mommy! What is that fuzzy stuff over there?
Mommy: What fuzzy stuff? (thinking lint on his pant or something)
Pierce: That fuzzy fuzzy stuff.
Mommy: Baby I am driving and can’t look.
Pierce: It is creepy.
Mommy: Wait what fuzzy creepy stuff? (now curious)
Pierce: Right there… (pointing out the window)
Mommy: OH! That is fog.
Pierce: Fog? What is fog?
Mommy: Umm… it’s like a really low cloud.
Bahaha! Who doesn’t know what fog is? One more… this one is from my neighbor who posted about a question her kid asked…
Kid: What’s that sound? That’s a nice sound.
Mommy: Honey, that’s rain.
Other things you realize when it rains…
8. YOU PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOUR KIDS TO BRING THEIR TOYS AND SHOES IN.
9. YOU PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE WORKING THINGS THAT HELP WITH THE RAIN.
… we totally forgot this needed to get taken care of… but you know since it doesn’t rain.
And good windshield wipers…
… again you don’t remember until it rains.
10. THERE IS NO POINT IN FIXING YOUR HAIR (OR TRYING TO LOOK GOOD).
PS. Yes I see those sunglasses on my head. I know it’s raining… but out of habit I put them on and sure enough the glare of the rain on the street with the sun half peeking through the fog can make you wish you had sun glasses on. So… I was just being practical… and a Southern Californian in the rain.
Did you realize any of these things too? What other things have the rain caused you to consider?