My sister, Nina, has assured all the relatives that the parents are over the worst hump and are settling into the Northwest. Things aren't as bad as people have led them to believe. It doesn't rain every day here. We have lovely summers, just like in other states. Last year our summer was on a Wednesday.
Seriously, the mosquitoes in Massachusetts were hearty creatures, capable of carrying small children off into the woods. Here, one may find a sun break and laze about without fear of bites...from mosquitoes, at least.