Another rainy day in New England. The month of April has featured 21 out of 30 days of rain. If the old adage “April showers….” holds true, May will find us with an over abundance of beautiful and colorful flowers. What a lovely thought.
Rain does something to the psyche, especially when it occurs on the weekend. We work hard all week. Some of us are cooped up in an office; by the time we get home cook dinner and do our evening chores, the sun is ready to set. We covet our weekends and nothing says weekend more then a forescast filled with bright sunny skies. Let’s face it, a weekend is a weekend no matter what the weather, but somehow when we’re sitting at our desks on Monday morning, after a dank, wet weekend, we can’t help but feel as though we’ve been robbed. We want a do-over, a retake.
As I gaze out the window on this chilly Cinco de Mayo, I see lush greenery, the result of the April rains. Buds on the trees are getting ready to bloom. My backyard looks like a tropical rain forest and I almost expect to see a spider monkey or sloth swing down from the trees.
I’m trying to embrace this rainy day. I’m grateful that’s it’s given me a chance to clean my bathroom cabinets. That’s a task I’ve been dreading, and certainly wouldn’t have undertook on a bright sunny day. This rainy day has given me the opportunity to do my morning yoga, with the sound of the gentle pitter patter of rain drops against the skylights, making my practice more relaxing and my spirit calmer.
I’m looking forward to a afternoon nap, the cats’ nearby purring hypnotizing me into a dreamless slumber. This may be my last opportunity to make soup or stew before the hot summer days make it nearly impossible to cook indoors. All these opportunities, this rainy day presents to me.
Would I prefer a sunny day, most definitely, but I think I’ll appreciate the rain today.
I think I’ll…
read a book
listen to a podcast
finish my crocheting
do a tarot reading
all the things I might not do on a sunny day.
Finally I’ll remember that “the best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain”, and when I dream, I’ll dream of the long sunny summer days that are yet to come.