As I look at the sky, I notice the gathering of dark water-laden storm clouds and wonder will we actually get some rain. A bit later, I hear the patter of gentle raindrops as they slowly begin to fall. The thunder rolls and the lightning strikes….. and, it has begun! A much awaited summer storm!
I know we equate summer days with lounging by the pool, relaxing at the beach, or perhaps a backyard barbeque. But one of my favorite summer events is when the rain begins to fall!
With summer temperatures rising into the nineties, and the blazing summer sun beating down with brutal strength, the summer rain brings as much excitement to me as the first cool autumn breezes blowing in.
I embrace the summer rain much as I would a winter storm. A chance to power down, choose a good book, grab a cuppa tea and hide from the world. Believe it or not, I even have a favorite blanket (more for comfort than for warmth) that I pull out as I escape to a quiet corner with my awaiting summer read. There I immerse myself in whatever novel has recently piqued my interest as I know the rain is continuing to fall just outside my window.
I don’t always read during a summer rain. Sometimes I take cover on the back porch and luxuriate at the musical sound of the raindrops pounding the roof. I have to position my chair just so under the breezeway as not to be splattered by the rain falling on either side of me. From this vantage point I can watch the thirsty plants gobble up the falling drops. It’s as if I can hear them chanting to the sky, “Thank you so much for this magnificent rainfall!”
Eventually, the rain will pass and the sun will come out again. The temperatures will again rise and I will do my best to hide from the midday sun.
But until then, I will enjoy this refreshing break from summer’s heat with this delightful summer rain.
What do you like to do in a summer rain?
Have a lovely summer day! – Gerri