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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Rain, rain, go away

Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day

It’s raining—again. It seems as if it has been raining for ever.

Of course, that isn’t true. There were a few hours yesterday when there was no rain. There were even a few minutes when the clouds disappeared enough to see the sun. And the good news is that the temperatures may reach 75 F today. Even this morning, as I write this, the temperature is already 70 F. That’s good—many heating bills for this winter have been more than I can afford to pay. What is bad is that Louisville and most of the surrounding counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana have been under a flood warning since yesterday.

I have a friend who says over and over on rainy days, “I hate the rain.” She spent much of her life living in the Arizona desert, where there is seldom rain. And she reminds me of the first time I visited Arizona to participate in a week-long course to be certified as an Intentional Interim Minister. Because of the difference in time zones, I would awaken much earlier than I needed to be up. I would go outside my room and watch the sun appear over the horizon. The cloudless sky seemed so much bigger than at home. And, on most days, as I looked toward the east, I would see an eagle—also an early riser—circling and sashaying toward me. I remember those days—especially during weeks of clouds and rain such as now.

My friend and I are not the only ones who have an aversion to raining and murky skies. This morning Alex and I were both wakened well before the alarm went off by a thunder clap that seemed to originate just outside our bedroom window. Alex, who had been sleeping at the foot of my bed, scampered to my shoulder and curled himself into the crook of my arm. A few minutes later, as the claps of thunder continued and I decided that I might as well get up, he jumped off the bed before my feet touched the floor. However, Alex did not do his usual morning thing and run to the kitchen to await me by his feeding bowls. He sat beside my bed staring up at me—I assume to make sure that I was up—before he risked going out of sight of me as the thunder continued to pulsate.

By the time Alex finished his breakfast and I was drinking my first cup of coffee, the boom of the thunder had diminished. Alex—as is his habit—stuck his claws into my leg to get my attention and meandered toward the front door. I followed him and opened the red door to the sight and sound of the rain. I stepped out onto the porch, but Alex backed up away from the threshold. As a cat, he has an aversion to water in any form—including rain.


So I came back into the house, turned on my computer, and began writing this blog. A few minutes later, Alex again used his claws—this time on my thigh—to get my attention. I jumped up and asked my feline master, “Now what do you want?” He strolled out of my library, through the kitchen, to the hallway that leads to the back of the house, and stopped by the back door.

“Alex, it is raining in the back yard, too,” I told him.

Of course, being the cat that he is, he didn’t believe me until I opened the door and he saw and heard the rain falling upon the deck. Alex looked up at me and, like my friend who had lived in Arizona, seemed to meow, “I hate the rain.”

And I replied, “I do, too. I am very tired of rainy days.”


Rain, rain, go away

Come again some other day

We want to go outside and play

Come again some other day

17 comments:

  1. Hopefully your rainy days will end soon!!!

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  2. (smile) I love your story of Alex and the rain. We have a second house in Phoenix and I am glad they are getting some rain down there yesterday and today. Since I can't get down there until the end of the month and the plants in the backyard needed water.
    Here in Colorado we have snow right now, I think I would take the rain. But like you, your friend and Alex I like dry weather. Which is why we have a second house and hopefully someday a retirement house in the desert.

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  3. cute story nick!
    i was wondern when u was gona write in your blog!

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  4. I like that you talk to your cat...of course, only the most incredibly creative, witty, thoughtful, intelligent and insightful people talk to their cats, you know ;-)

    I've lived in Indiana all but 3 years of my life, and during those 3 years, my first husband was stationed in The Netherlands, where it rains about 300 days a year (okay, maybe only 299? hehehe), so my umbrella was like American Express - I NEVER left home without it. During my first summer there, it poured for 39 days straight in June and July 1980 (turned out to be an annual occurrence, btw). When decided it might be time to retrieve the ark blueprints, it stopped raining and even the clouds went away! The commander closed the base except for emergency and other essential personnel (go figure why they have nonessential personnel, but I maunder). That was almost 26 years ago, and I can still feel the awe and wonder at not having an umbrella over my head and feeling the warmth of the sun while wanderering around the pretty parks and neighborhoods. We didn't even get in the car or take the bus anywhere because we wanted to feel every minute of that sunny, cloudless day.

    Thanks for a great post and helping me recall a fun memory!

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  5. NIck, I love it! Great story!

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  6. well, well, well, look nick it stoped raining:}

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  7. Thanks for the Birthday wishes.

    Shawna Marie

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  8. Sounds like too much of a good thing, try to shift it down this way, we could use a little rain. You talk to your cat - I talk to myself. :) ec

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  9. So you enjoyed Arizona! Come for a visit. I have plenty of room and a desert for you.

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  10. ex-Louisville Guy Retired in TucsonSunday, March 12, 2006 10:53:00 PM

    I enjoyed your "rain" comments and references to AZ. Hey, we actually had some very much needed rain the last 30 hours. Earlier, we had some strong desert winds, too. When we awoke this morning, it was about 40 degrees - not unusal for this time of year for very early morning, but the upper mountains were beautiful with snow. That also means some additional water when melting occurs. I was remarking, as we drove to church, that even with our clear skies, a little precip seems to make the visibility even greater in the desert.

    Unfortunately, we have lacked our few showers earlier this year; thus, very few wildflowers for this year, especially compared to the millions of them along the roadways and desert last year. If we have a good year of rain in Tucson, the average is still only 12 inches annually.

    And, as you may have discovered here, when it does rain, many times you can see the areas where rain is falling. Even with rainy times, there is usually sunshine sometime during a rainy day.

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  11. Hi Nick ~Found your site from MrEddie
    comments page.I am in Australia, and we get just about enough rain. Farmers always want more.

    If we didn't have rain, we would not
    appreciate the sunshine. Cheers.

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  13. I thought I commented last night...see what happens when you get older? You mind just leaves at moments.

    You sent your rain my way! Thats ok, i'd rather have rain than snow.

    I'm just in love with Alex. He is so precious. Its raining in the backyard too. Great line.

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  14. damn it is raining agian today nick.
    oh well i wonder how the weather is in texas i might be going to texas tonite.

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  15. Ha!! I love that. I never thought before about how a cat would consider that a different door would have a different scenario behind it. Makes perfect sense!! I wish it were true!

    I hear what you're saying about the rain...I'm getting' a bit sick of it myself....

    Hope you get a dry spell soon. Hang in there!!

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