Saturday, April 11, 2009

YAY - It's raining outside!

I'm sure some of you are rolling your eyes, scratching your heads, or otherwise generally wondering why on earth I would be happy that it's raining outside. I love rainy days for the same reason that most people in other areas of the US love sunny days - because we have so very few of them here in Scottsdale, AZ!

Having grown up in Chicago, IL, where the average number of sunny days every year is 83, it was impossible to plan activities around the weather because it seemed like there were cloudy skies and rainy days constantly ruining outdoor activities and generally making the world seem dreary. Since I first moved to Arizona in 1982, I've learned to really appreciate those cloudy days though. I wonder if there is such a thing as having too many sunny days. Here in the Valley of the Sun, we average 300 days of sunshine a year, and believe it or not, many of the residents here do look forward to rainy days!

There is something soothing and almost cathartic about a cloudy, rainy day. It seems to wash away the frenetic energy of the sunshine, allowing one to slow down and relax. I'm listening to the rain falling outside right now and it's almost like a lullaby - gentle, soothing, welcome. The rain washes away the desert dust, enhances the unique scent of creosote (the bush that is responsible for that (in my opinion) wonderful desert rain aroma ), and just renews everything.

I will probably spend a good part of my day watching the rain creating its magic, watching my dogs tiptoe thru the puddles when they go outside (they don't share my love of the rain!) and I will at some point spend some time walking outside, barefoot, feeling the coolness of the cloudy day and the rain as it hits my skin...and I will feel that peaceful energy and renewal that comes with it. Yes, I am glad that it's raining outside!


8 comments:

Piggy said...

I love rainy days too! :) It's really hot in Singapore (summer all year).. so I love it whenever it rains cos it just cools the weather here.. of cos that's provided that I am indoors and not outdoors or on a bike :)

missknits said...

Oh i am with you! yesterday it was rainy here and i loved it! of course i did not have to get out in it (which helps lol!) but it was just a soothing, dark, rainy day and i soaked it all in!

rabbitwhiskers said...

You have a wonderful blog and I LOVE your poem!!

Jay said...

One of the many faces of Mother Nature and the acceptance of it. Have a happy holiday week-end.

thehangingflower said...

I must say that in Seattle I'm pretty sick of the rain by now! Luckily this week it has actually been kind of sunny :)

Walk in the Woods said...

Here in southern New England, rain is very common, and still it is a welcome blessing. Enjoy yours! Peace.

Alchemy Diva said...

I love the rain...because it's cleansing, the sound is relaxing and because April showers bring May flowers (and I really love flowers)

laglass said...

I love your poem too.
I'll keep watching.

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