Cumulus, cirrus, stratocumulus…I don’t think I loved any school task half as much as I loved learning about the different types of clouds. For one thing, they’re beautiful and free, floating across the sky somewhere far above us. For another, they help me understand a little something about the world around me. If I see, say, a giant, dense cumulonimbus sitting low in the air, there could be a storm coming. And I know that the pretty, delicate strands of cirrus clouds form way up in the atmosphere, some 18,000 feet above me.
But like Linus in this Peanuts strip, sometimes I can see more in clouds than their scientific properties. Clouds are kind of magical in the way they often seem to suit my mood, especially when the skies are brimming with foggy-looking stratus clouds, which hide the warm rays of the sun, or when layered altocumulus clouds ripple gently across the horizon. How do they know how I feel? Well, they’re clouds. They’re the best.
BUT: Did you know that there is a secret bunch of clouds no one ever told you about? These ones are utterly attuned to your emotional state and your daily affairs, and take their shape accordingly. Heed these clouds carefully: They have truth to tell. —Estelle
Appears when, ugh, I can’t believe I said that!
Fear the Calculonimbus! You’ll see it only on days when you have a math test.
This cloud shows itself every time someone lies to you about how great something is. Just like there’s a national holiday named after warmongering, greedy Christopher Columbus. (Discovered the New World, my butt!)
Oh, man! Today is going to be tough.
Got a problem you can’t work out? This cloud is here to remind you, well, you can’t work it out this time. Thanks, big guy.
Appears when you have run out of Sherlock episodes to watch :(
This cloud is here to remind you: You’re the best! And always have been. And always will be. It’s basically the YASSSSSSS of clouds.
When you spy this dangerous-looking guy, it means you need to watch out for someone’s devious behavior.
Mmmmm, hummus! ♦