I woke up early this morning to the sound of rain. I smiled in the darkness.
Here in Southern California we have been experiencing an almost intolerable (for us) heat wave for the last month and a half. The 90-100 degree temperatures have been so unusual. Never-before-used air conditioners have been cranked up for weeks at a time. Electric bills have been through the roof.
The rain was a welcome surprise this morning.
My kids woke up and looked wide-eyed out the windows like it was some crazy apparition from outer space. Rain?!
It was just sprinkling so I didn’t really expect it to stick around. I threw a light sweatshirt on my daughter and some long sleeves on my son and out we went to drive him to school. We weren’t on the road for more than 3 minutes when the downpour came.
Lightning! Thunder! My kids were so excited. Sheets of rain were pouring down and the windshield wipers could barely keep up. All I was hoping was that I still had that umbrella I sometimes keep in my car but I wasn’t quite sure.
When we got to school, the rain was in a fevered downpour. I found the small and measly looking umbrella in my glove box. I opened the car doors and yelled to the kids: “Okay, run!”
The three of us ran in the rain with all the rest of the parents and students unsure of the rainy day procedure for how to enter the school building. We got to the first door we could find, and herded in.
We were soaked. And laughing. And excited. It felt so invigorating. Like a renewal.
I left my poor son in his classroom looking like a little drowned mouse but the smile on his face was huge. All the kids were huddled around the window watching the rain come down. These are sunshine kids. Rain is such an anomaly to them.
So I picked up my daughter and out we ran back to the car splashing in huge puddles the whole way, her squeals and giggles filling my ears. Getting her into her car seat was no easy feat so when I was finally able to get myself into the driver’s seat, I was completely soaked. I turned around to look at her.
“SO FUN MOMMY!” she yelled. That it was.
Finally… it feels a little bit like Fall. Maybe we’ll even make some soup.
Rain, rain, you can stay as long as you like.