Rain, Rain Go Away…or Stay?

My dad and his wife arrived yesterday for their first visit in fifteen years. Despite my prayers to the weather gods, it has been murky and damp. In fact, the roof-pelting rain woke us up at midnight.

rainWeather is a marvelously instructive device for realizing Who’s in control…and who’s not. It also forces us to slow down, even when we’d rather dash from here to there. Snow, sleet, hail, and rain keep us grounded as we creep forward at a turtle’s pace.

While bemoaning the weather on Facebook, one of my contacts reminded me at least I now have a place to sit while watching the rain (the long-awaited couch arrived on Tuesday after some serious negotiations involving multiple attempts and a power call with management).

In truth, I welcome days like these when the weather clamps us down to a crawl. It gives us reason to ponder the wind and the glorious rhythms of Nature. The power of slow can unfold magnificently as we accept what is in this very moment.


  1. Jan Verhoeff

    May 14, 2009 at 11:46 am

    As the inspiration for this blog post, I must admit, it was a bit different than I expected, but still lovely. I absolutely adore a good rain storm. Not only does it clear the air of germs and those other pesky things that fly in the air for a bit, but a good rain storm refreshes the soul.

    A few years ago, caught in a rain storm, I had an opportunity to really get to know my kids. For five days we suffered through rain and no power. It was too soggy and wet to do anything outside, so we sat inside and talked (a rarity with technology all around us). I found I really LIKE them. (Not a total surprise.)



  2. slowfamilyliving

    May 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    We had such a glorious Saturday a few weeks ago when rain cancelled all our games and plans. An entire Saturday spread out before us like an amazing gift. We read and drew and painted and cleaned and just hung out all together. Amazing!

  3. Willow Drinkwater

    May 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Nothing like cuddling up to someone you love while the world crashes and booms and rains down outside.

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