When I was in Edinburgh last August I attended the Military Tattoo. During the day the weather was warm, and I thought my summer outfit (short-sleeved shirt, long slacks and sandals) would be fine. Let’s just say that I seriously miscalculated the weather.
When it was time for the event, people were coming into the stadium to get their seats. I started to feel a little chill and I wondered if it might get cooler during the event. Then I noticed people seated around me wearing overcoats, sweaters, even hats. I was thinking, “Why are they wearing such heavy clothes in the summer?” Just about then it started to rain. Since you can’t use umbrellas during the program, I started getting wet.
Someone in a nearby seat seemed to feel sorry for the drenched stranger (me) and loaned me a plastic poncho, which I gratefully put on. However, I now had my damp clothes sealed in. Still, I was grateful for the help and it was just in time for the show to begin.
I thought the program was hugely entertaining and the performers were from all over the world. However, I was also cold, damp, and feeling a little bewildered that somehow I should have known to pack a winter coat in my suitcase in August!
On the positive side, this provided the perfect excuse to do some shopping for wool cable sweaters and a tartan cape in the local shops. Sadly, I don’t have a plaid in my family so I just picked one that I thought was pretty. I speculated on the probability of being adopted into a Scottish family (as an aunt?) But in the end, I had the satisfaction of knowing that after this shopping trip, I would be ready for any change in the weather.