So often the weather forecast promises rain – and there are a few drops. Sometimes we have showers that last almost twenty minutes. Jenna and I will sit under the carport and watch the rain. I love rain.
The promised rain always goes somewhere. Often it is not received as a good thing. It has caused the earth to moisten to the point of mud slide causing extreme financial damage – not to mention has left some homeless. Or having I-15 close – in the dessert of all places. That’s just mind-boggling.
For me personally, Rain has always been a positive thing. As I mentioned in this post, at least half my family vacations involved rain – not that we had planned it that way. Dad always helped us to make the best of it, and we learned to accept and enjoy.
I have fond memories not only of places that I’ve been, but the attitude of those that have surrounded me. We always had fun in spite of the rain or because of it.
There are several times I have taken my umbrella and have not needed it or purposely didn’t take it with me because I wanted to welcome the moisture. Each time the forecast says “rain” – there is, but always elsewhere.
I had planned to go to Kayla’s on Monday – right after I dropped Jenna off at school. That day the wind was blowing – getting ready for the supposed expected storm. The air was cool. I might have enjoyed it, except for some reason it seemed all my energy (which lately isn’t a lot) had been sucked out of me. I was so tired. My presence wasn’t going to do either Kayla or the children any good. And so I went home and slept.
Yesterday morning was overcast – but hot. And not a humid hot. A dry hot. Like when you are standing too close to the vent and it shoots a warm dry air up your body. I found the thick heat to be smothering. After I left Jenna, I got on the bus headed toward Kayla’s house. When the bus turned the corner, black clouds had filled the air. I could get rained on, I had decided. And I welcomed the rain – though my backpack didn’t. I hadn’t thought to bring an umbrella to keep my backpack dry.
The rain had stopped by the time I got off the second bus. By the time I left Kayla’s house, we couldn’t even prove that it had been raining - well, except for my overly damp backpack.
This morning seemed fair. I wore a light jacket. It came off before Jenna and I parted ways. I am warm again. I would much rather have the rain than the blaring heat of the sun or the hot dry air that makes me feel like I’m trapped in a sauna and can’t ever get out. Why do people pay to sit in saunas anyway? I know from experience that it is less costly just to sit in your car – particularly if it’s a dark one.