"Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain"
This past Saturday I was caught in a crazy down pour of sweet summer rain. I was down by the waterfront with my Dad and brother enjoying a day in the city for dear old dad’s birthday. We had just said bye to the seals at the aquarium when the ominous clouds came out of nowhere. In a flash, rain fell like buckets from the sky forcing us to take shelter in the near by Legal Sea Food. I figured since we were at one of my favorite restaurants and the rain wasn’t letting up we’d grab a birthday dinner here. Apparently a lot of other people had the same idea because when we went to put our name in for a table the hostess informed us it was a 3 hour wait! The relentless rain continued to pour down outside as I debated what our next move should be. Could we make it back to the car parked ten minutes away? Was it really going to be 3 hours for a table or should we just stay and grab a drink? As my stress level was beginning to rise my brother Caleb turns to me with a grin on his face and says:
"Come on let’s go for it."
Without a raincoat, umbrellas or ponchos we dash outside and our engulfed by the warm raindrops of summer. I cannot tell you the last time I was out in the rain without any “protection”. It is such an invigorating feeling! As my body accepted the rain’s assault I felt myself come alive in a way I haven’t felt in a long time.
There is something about summer rain that sets me free, maybe its that you feel like you have the world to yourself dancing in the rain while everyone else is hiding from it. As a child I remember begging my parents to let me outside during a summer rainstorm so I could jump in the puddles- maybe it was my inner child that brought me out into the rainstorm that day.
As Caleb and I finally neared the car, I felt a sinking feeling that we would leave the rain behind now. Why does rain cause a feeling of calm and peacefulness? Maybe its mother nature’s way of not only cleansing the earth but cleansing our soul as well. All I know is that ten minute walk to the car allowed me to reflect and rejuvenate myself. For those ten minutes I felt free, I can’t wait for the next storm to come.