But then this week when my son went sailing on the west coast of Scotland, and I started charting his weather, checking the forecast, tracking the shipping news, looking at the details of the wind's direction, I realized why my parents were always wanting to ask about the weather: it is how we stay connected.
It might seem silly to say that knowing what the weather is like where my child is holds a certain meaning to me, but it does. I don't know half of the things he will experience or contemplate or see or hear or discuss, but somehow if I know the backdrop (the weather) to the stage of his life, then maybe, just maybe I will feel more connected to him and he won't seem so far away. Maybe if I know about the sunshine or rain or wind or clouds, I might understand his landscape, and then I might have a better chance of knowing him more fully.
I am no longer embarrassed to say I sound like my parents.
So, what is the weather like there?