Student: How come when the boats come it rains?
Me: Excuse me?
Student: My grandfather says that it always rains when the boats with the people [cruise ships] come.
Me: You do realize it's the rainy season?
Student: Yes, but when it rains when the boats come.
Me: Yes, but it also rains when they don't come... it rains every day... it's the rainy season
Student: Yes, but it sometimes happens in the dry season.
Me: It's called the dry season because it doesn't rain as much. We live in the tropics, and it rains all the time.
Student: Are you telling me that you don't believe the Samoan superstition
Me: Do you know what that word means?