Location: The park on the way home from school.
Me (singing): . . . I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee . . .
Four-year-old (laughing): You have clouds in your coffee?
Me: Not me, the woman in the song. It means she’s sad.
The two children draw blank looks.
Me: Do you like it when it’s sunny outside? Does it make you happy?
7-year-old: It depends how sunny. Not when it’s really sunny.
Me: Well, in the United States, where the singer lives, they don’t have as many sunny days as we do, and it’s not as hot. So they are happy when it’s sunny, but clouds make them sad. Here we have lots of hot sunny days, so we are happy when it gets cloudy and rains.
7yo: Especially this year, when we need rain so much.
4yo: Clouds make me happy.