Seasons change the nature of clouds.
Some kids can tell, it is cloudy. They do so without any tutelage in geography. They easily associate cloud with the sky and rain. Kids know this from experience. As they listen to their parents and observe this natural phenomenon, understanding of clouds at least at the surface is registered.
The knowledge of cloud in early childhood serves as a guide through life. It becomes an internal forecast barometer. Beyond its visible benefit lies something – eternally instructive even surreal. In it the didactic umbrella of clouds spreads continually. It is simple, sometimes a past time but it pays not to miss it.
Look up and see the sky. The cloud is a cover. You also see cloud patches in a clear sky. With naked eyes you see it move. Air movement and temperatures change from time to time at different locations. The speed and mix create atmospheric conditions/gases at different levels. This mix gives rise to a clear sky, cloudy sky, rain, harmattan, heat or cold in some parts of the world. All these seem to derive from a placed condition – season when it all occur. It could alter but in the main- season is constant. How did it come be? Some know, yet others and science are still at their so-called comfort of grappling with unending enquiry and debate. Leave the space, weight, density and effects of cloud. We are not in a science class or science fiction tours. No diving into the intricacies please. We simply want to relate and glean.
Before the coming of sophisticated and accurate weather measuring instruments, what rules the day is to relate with present and past visible indicators of the sky – sun, moon, stars, rain and rainbow on which a quick judgement is made. Yet, with precise devices of today, human factor of decision making can still affect our relation to the observation of the sky. Indecisive heart weakened by assumption could degrade precision. It could underrate the cloud, assume no adequate cloud change and fail to act promptly and adequately. In this situation poor observation leads to poor judgement and action. This has been appraised in what led to the crash of the Apollo Challenger.
As a child in the village, think of how many times you had failed to convince your dad not to go to farm because it is cloudy. But the old man will hint of the cloud location and the winds direction. He would insist all should head to the farm kilometers away. He is convinced. But your poor reading makes his words uninspiring. Poor reading has taken a toll on you not on him. Lesson one. Remember, Poor Reading of the Cloud can lead to no or poor outing. Lesson two. Weak convictions can diminish anticipatory arsenal to conquer.
Paraphrased, this tells the Agolo story. He is a known rain maker of the village. Without any western education Agolo is a master of human psychology. He lives near a big Agbono tree that villagers say is a summit for bands of their great forces. He uses aforementioned trio to be on top of his game. His drumming for rain is interminable any time he sees people trooping out for communal work assistance in farms. His watch and drumming for rain ensure patronage especially among those who easily succumb to his devices.
But there are others who are defiant, clear eyed and clear headed. They use the natural weather measures they know not the strange brew of the rainmaker. Whether Agolo is watching or drumming throughout the day for rain does not poke their convictions of the run of things. They read the cloud well and their conviction is balanced without manipulation. Hence, there is a saying in the village: “You do not rely on “‘Agolo cloud watching” if you are to to make a huge yam yields annually.” It is a constant reminder from mother too whenever she discerns a tip-up of negatives. She would counsel; “Get away with your “Mbuhu Agolo“- Agolo negativism.
Any lesson about the cloudy clouds. Go on your way and do the needful reading and observation of the clouds. Don’t depend on Agolo negative cloud reading greatly jaundiced by his orientation and machinations. Does an older, more dependable advice not say that those who constantly watch the sky will neither sow or reap? This become urgent with imprecise cloud readings in the world of social media today. In this environment, you can learn from looking up yourself and reading the cloud properly.
For the youths, do you allow your peers to play the Agolo negatives in your life. Don’t give your life to them. Do your own cloud reading to your benefit.
The other dimension is the action that cloud reading demands. Whenever the cloud thickens, be sure to read it well and act promptly. It is rewarding. But beware of Agolo negativism in cloud reading. When the clouds thicken, observe with insight and the lesson on season, crowd and cloud will not be lost on you.