How long has it been since I walked in the rain just for the fun of it? About 10 hours! The good feeling that comes to me when raining fills a day goes back to my childhood. I have no idea how those times got fixed in my mine as so wonderful when I was little, but am grateful they did. It is an extraordinary feeling.
“Rain Drops” by Ellen Baumwoll (mothergoosecaboose.com)
Rain drops from the clouds and onto trees,
Down the tree trunks and off the leaves.
Down a mountain, into a brook,
Past a chipmunk in a nook.
Into a pond, off a log.
On top of a turtle and onto a frog.
Onto roads, onto the grass,
Onto trains and trucks that pass.
On top of bridges, cars and boats.
Even onto people’s coats.
Onto houses and my windowpane.
I just love to watch the drops,
The drips and drops of rain.
Last evening about 9pm with my rain resistant jacket, boots and an umbrella I set out for a half mile, thirty minute walk through my neighborhood. The constant drizzle ebbed and flowed with intensity moving from light to heavy moment to moment. Lightning every minute or so painted the sky electric blue-white for a split second followed by the low throaty rumble of distant thunder. The constant gentle tapping on my umbrella by the raindrops made a comforting sound as I walked.
Walking down my street I noticed was how new and fresh everything looked. Cars shimmered in street light with a new temporary shine from the rain. Even the pavement and sidewalk looked less worn with water filling cracks and imperfections. At least half the homes were already dark and peaceful for the night. Those houses mixed with the ones still showing the light of life pouring out from within gave the street a peaceful, soft and warm glow.
If plants could make audible sound I am certain last evening there would have been joyful noise filling my block. I imagined the trees, flowers and bushes might make a consistent aaahhh of pleasure like I might when first slipping into a warm bath. It seemed the very leaves on the trees were upturned inviting the rain and trying to catch a little more.
I noticed the assorted smells of the season have begun. The scents came and went sometimes as several mixed together into a symphony of delightful smells. Walking by a tulip tree that is just starting to flower I stopped for a few moments to absorb a little extra of the sweet, pleasing aroma.
Paying attention to the sound of the storm drains I noticed in the flatter areas the rushing water made the sound of a small creek gurgling by. On the small hill I live the storm drain roared like a river over rocks as at least eight inches of water assaulted the opening and fought to get through.
The entire time of my walk I saw only one car moving and it was simply being relocated in a driveway. On the street nothing was moving except the water and me. The roads are never as crowded on an evening filled with rain. I heard no hum of traffic in the distance, nor whine of a motorcycle; a sort of usually unnoticed peace.
A year ago I moved into the home where I now live and have seen the very elderly gentleman next door only once. He is in failing health and several times an ambulance has had to come get him. In recent months 24 hour care givers have been coming and going, but last night the house was completely dark. That alone made me realize anew what a great gift my health is and how blessed I was to be able to enjoy a simple walk in the rain.
Today is the first day of spring. I find it fitting that the rain is still coming down, since after all ‘spring showers do bring spring flowers”. My jacket and boots are still in the entry way drying and my umbrella should by now be mostly dry out on the porch. More than most I am grateful not only for all life the rain makes possible, but for the spectacular experience of a downpour itself. My walk last night in the mist and showers will be a long remembered experience; one I am deeply grateful for.
Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness
has never danced in the rain.