On Saturday I awoke to the sound of a steady and serious rain falling outside. It’s May and it was Mother’s Day weekend, which means that lots of folks engage in outdoor activities. After all, we’ve had one heckuva Winter here in the Northeast, and we’re READY for warm weather, flowers, and sunshine. Often a rainy day makes people glum, and we hear descriptions of “lousy” weather, a “miserable” day and similar negative comments. As a girl who grew up in rural America and who spent Summers on my grandparents’ farm, I see rain in a different way, and I suggest that everyone can with a little shift in perspective.
Rain washes pollen out of the air and off of porch furniture, windowsills, cars, sidewalks and more. This is welcome news for allergy sufferers, and others whose upper respiratory systems react to the insidious dust. Rain also washes dirt from roads, sidewalks, houses and cars, leaving a fresh and almost new scent to the world in the early morning after an all-night rain.
Rain replenishes water tables, and protects us from seasons of drought. It tops off lakes, streams and rivers so wildlife have access to water for bathing, drinking and cooling-off. It feeds trees, plants and other vegetation that we enjoy and rely on for our own sustenance and comfort.
It’s easier to sleep when it rains. I don’t know if there’s research out there that explains the science behind it, but the rhythmic sound of rain falling outside my house always rocks me to sleep like a carefree baby.
A rainy day is a great excuse to stay in and read to your children (read to yourself!) or to clean out a closet that’s needed it for some time. It’s a great excuse to go visit a friend who doesn’t get out much, or to take an elderly relative or friend out for dinner.
Rain erases sidewalk chalk drawings so more can be created.
Rain also reminds us that everything is seasonal in life. If we can see rain as a reminder that “this too shall pass“, we will know that no matter what we are facing – like the rainy day – it won’t last forever.
The next time you are facing some trial or snag in your bliss, remember the rainy day and find some good in your challenge, and then recall that sunshine appears after the rain, knowing that your circumstances too will be warmed soon by sunshine.
And so It is.