There's something settling about a good thunderstorm

Black Mountain News

I love rain.  There’s something about a good, hard rain that makes me want to curl up and settle down with a good book or take a nap. I don’t understand it, but, ironically, the storm happening outside seems to settle the storms inside of me.

Joyce Pemberton

I have friends who feel just the opposite. They are great outdoorsy-type folk whose weekend is not complete without a good mountain hike or kayak trip down a crazy, rapid river. When rain or storms threaten, they shake their fists at the clouds, willing the rain to take a different direction. As an active hiker and kayaker, I totally understand their attitude.  But every once in a while, I think a little rain is a good thing.

Why, you ask.

Because rain forces me to slow down.

Knowing me as he does, I think rain storms are God’s way of telling me to take a deep breath and rest for just a bit. It’s like he’s saying, “OK girlie, time for a breather.”  So whether it’s driving or living, rain helps me to go a little slower and pay a little better attention.

But it’s not just me.

The world seems to decelerate just a bit when a good rain comes, have you noticed? There are fewer people on the road, because they want to “wait out the storm.” There are fewer people in a hurry too.  Cars slow down.  Motorcyclists stop under bridges to wait out the storm, and boaters have a tendency to bring it to shore. Families hunker down and are content to stay home for a little while.

Maybe it’s my advancing years, but even now as I write this while a tenacious thunderstorm happens outside my door,  all I want to do is lie down and find a mindless movie on TV.

Come to think of it, it probably is my advancing years. Because when I was a child, I loved to be out in the rain. We kids used to love to run barefoot in the rain gutters on the street. Probably not very safe, but as kids, safety was the last thing on our minds.

Some of the most memorable movie scenes were filmed in the rain. You can’t top Gene Kelly’s famous rain dance in the 1952 iconic “Singing in the Rain.” And there’s not a woman alive who wouldn’t give up a limb to be kissed in the rain like Ryan Gosling kissed Rachel McAdams in that crazy, heated rain scene in "The Notebook."

Men, are you listening?

And let’s not forget how the sound of rain is able to soothe us into slumber. That’s why some clever chap put the sound of rain in a little machine that we spend perfectly good money on to help us get to sleep at night.

Have you noticed how everything is greener after a good rain? It’s like every blade of grass and leaf was newly painted. Just the thought makes me smile.

And the rain gives us lessons too. When I stepped outside after yesterday’s brief storm, I noticed my petunias were slumped over from being pounded on their little heads by the rain. Today, however, they were upright and perky again. So what’s the lesson? A little pounding on the head can’t keep a good petunia down.

Which, if your name is Petunia, is a very good thing to know.

There’s a great quote by Bob Marley, “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

So the next time it rains, I’m going to take a minute to step outside, turn my face up to the sky and let nature’s elixir wash away any anxiety I may have.  I may even take my shoes off and splash a little in a puddle, just for kicks.

I will definitely get wet, but maybe I’ll feel the rain too.