My impatients in the window box after the rain.
Watching it Rain
In my mind today, I’m watching it rain and thinking of rainy days of my past. I remember getting up on dark rainy mornings and going through my routine that lead me to rushing to work with a huge Tervis tumbler full of coffee. I would not have a second to spare as I leaped out of my car and to my classroom. From this point forward, my day was an absolute blur of teaching and interactions with my students. When the 3:00pm bell rang, I was totally spent. I would sit at my desk and prepare for the next day. Often students would stay with me cleaning or organizing. I would usually get out of there between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Sunny or rainy, my days were packed full. When I reminisce, sometimes those days seem like a different life.
Today, I was up at 6am. Share a cup of joe with my husband. We talked about our ordinary things as I ate my peanut butter toast. After he left for work, I nestled into my reading and reflecting. The darkness made my eyes heavy and I drifted in and out of consciousness. Them my aunt arrived and I had my daily shower. I’m really blessed and grateful for these. Before she left, she opened my door so I could watch the rain. I sat there eating lunch and drinking coffee admiring the rain. My plants were so saturated and happy. I watched a tiny bird flit around in my deck tree. The sounds were soothing as I watched the earth be washed once again. My impatient flowers are really showing out. They usually spring to life and mature beautifully from August to October. Watching them drink in the rain brought me satisfaction and comfort.
What a blessing I have to take joy in the slow, summer rains. I looked at my clock. It was just after 12 noon. I thought about if I were teaching, I wouldn’t have this treasured time. I wouldn’t have a peaceful lunch and extra cup of coffee to rest, watch, and soak in my blessings as the flowers do with the rain. Today is a day of gratitude. Today I whisper, “Thank you God for all of your plans for me and especially the slow rains.”
Sarah Anderson Alley
Quotes of the Day:
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again.”