The sweet rhythm of gently falling rain. A world painted grey and green. The beautiful calm.
Earlier this morning, great booms and wild lightning woke us to listen their marvelous tale, a love story, for certain. I watched frenzied light flash across the palest blanket of bluish-gray. I shook with the thunder and let the sleepy drip drop of the rain lull me back to sleep.
All the windows are open, the scent sweeps through our home and dances with the incense that drifts from the kitchen. There is a natural rhythm to life in the way of weather, in the way that spring jolts us to life and summer is a flutter of activity; how the fall romances us with the best colors (and scarves and cute boots) and most phenomenal smells and then how winter beckons us inside.
And when the rain pours down and refreshes the hues of browning green, we are invited to delight in a standing offer of slowness. Most of my favorite things pair well with rain: steamy coffee, books, wellies, Nora Ephron movies, baking, creating, and Coldplay, of course. Rainy day music is something I know.
My kids, they get rainy days too and it thrills me. We stayed in bed and their eyes got big with each boom, not scared big, but wow big. Do you see the rain, Harper, he asked his sister. Rain, she points. Thunder rattles. Do you hear the thunder, Harper? Tunder., she answers. He is pleased, as if she has completed her lessons properly.
Now they built block robots on the floor and watch Curious George and every so often, check the status of the great, wet outdoors. They are calm inside and it shows all the way through to their faces and in their contented spirits. I am so thankful for a life that allows this.
The way the earth invites us into these brief seasons of calm is something I hope they always know. I hope they allow the rain to fall without blame when it trumps preconceived plans. When they leave the grocery store and it instantly pours three times harder, I hope they don’t see inconvenience, but whole heartedly step out and let it wash over them. Clothes dry and two marvelous minutes of standing in the rain can do wonders for most anything.
The rain reminds us we are small and not in control and we need that, because for all our dreams and plans we think we are. We need the sun to point us forward fully alive with passion and possibility and we need the rain that whispers sweet nothings of stillness.
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