‘Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight; red sky in morning, shepherd’s warning’ (click for fun weather proverbs from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology 🙂 )
It was during that period between school and final exams when you feel all grown up. One day, almost exactly three years ago, she came in to my room earlier in the morning than she normally saw light of day. And in a tiny voice I didn’t recognise said ‘Mu…uuum, can I show you something?’ She pulled open the curtain of one of my bedroom windows and just stared at me. All I could see was red.
‘What is that?’
I had absolutely no idea.
You know that parental thing you do of appearing confident in all situations so as to keep your children calm and panic free? Couldn’t do it. Never seen a red sky before. Totally freaked. First reaction? End of the world.
Somewhere, shepherds must have been delighted the night before but what did this warning mean?
‘Turn on the tv, the news will tell us.’
Yay for technology and common sense kicking in. A dust storm from waaay out west had somehow made it’s way to the big city.
“Like a red morn that ever yet betokened,
Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field,
Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds,
Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.”
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