Yesterday, it seemed like my boss was catching a cold. I think he sneezed more than he breathed! When it was time to go home he was doing much better – he stopped sneezing, and his voice didn’t sound nasal from congestion. Today, he looked great.
He went out for lunch. During that time, it began pouring. When he came back from lunch there was a clear distinction from earlier this morning – he looked/sounded terrible: super congested, runny nose and watery eyes. He then said to me, “You know, it’s funny how rain can make you sick. All I did was walk a few steps from the gas station and into my car, and all of a sudden I’m back to catching a cold. Why do you think that is?”
Well, my fellow bloggers, I, too, have wondered this very thing. And it brings me back to my childhood. This is just my personal take; it is not based on anything I have read or researched, nor have I proven this to be true, albeit there may be logic to my theory.
When I was a kid, my brother, sister and I would love to play in the rain after school. But when we’d come home with our clothes and shoes drenched, we’d get in trouble. My mother would often say, “If we were in Nicaragua I wouldn’t mind you playing in the rain. But the rain is different here. It makes you sick.”
I remember asking what’s so different about the rain. She never knew how to answer but would always say, “It’s just one of those mystical things.”
So, here’s my logic. There is nothing different with the rain. The difference is the atmosphere. Let me explain. We live in a first world country where most of the people have the luxury of owning A.C. We get wet in the rain, come into our homes and the A.C. is blasting, or we get into our cars and blast it in there. There is no doubt that cold weather/temperature facilitates colds and flus. Cold air dries the throat, allowing bacteria to wander about in that area. In third world countries, the common folk do not have the luxury of having A.C.
My mother said that when we were toddlers and still lived in Nicaragua, she’d let us play in the rain all the time. We never got sick from it. We didn’t have an A.C. back home so the windows were always open. What’s the difference? It wasn’t the rain, that’s for sure. The difference was the lack of air conditioning.