Sep 07

In Praise of Rainy Days

WHAT’S PLAYING:  Adele “Make You Feel My Love”

It’s been raining all week here in New Hampshire and — like the commercial says — I’m loving it. I like the rain. I like the fresh, clean smell that comes with each downpour. I like to fall  asleep to the sound of it drumming on my roof. I even prefer to take my daily walks outside when it rains. (Unless, of course, I’ve just visited the salon. Yes, I know it’s a stereotype, but the harsh reality is that sleekly styled ethnic hair and rain just don’t mix.)

But the thing I like most about rain is how it makes other people want to stay indoors. Every stormy day is a chance for me to run errands without having to interact with other people. I can’t tell you how good it feels to pull into the parking lot of my local grocery store and see that it’s almost empty. No screaming kids, no interminable lines, no creeping octogenarians, and most importantly, no morons wheeling full carts up to the 12 items or less check out stations. (You know who you are.) I usually have to do my shopping at five in the morning to get the same kind of solitude.

It’s not just the isolation I find appealing. Rain always puts me into an introspective mood that’s perfect for writing and even better for reading. The world just seems to stop and relax. Almost like sliding into a hot bubble bath after a long day’s work. Once the storm has passed, I feel renewed and invigorated to face the challenges of tomorrow. I can’t think of a better
time to start fresh than after a deluge.

So, what will you start? A new novel? Project? Lifestyle? Better hurry. Rainy days won’t last forever.

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