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  • It’s raining, it’s pouring

    Is it raining where you are? We’re in the midst of a torrential downpour here. It was seriously scary to drive today, which meant we were inside for most of the day.  Luckily we have wonderful friends who braved the crazy roads and came to relieve us of the ensuing boredom of being stuck inside all day. After they left and the girls were down for a nap, I got thinking about rainy days when I was a child.

    I’ve always loved the rain. I love the different sounds it makes, love watching it from the warm side of a window.  I remember recesses full of “Heads Up 7-up” and board games in the cafeteria at lunch time. I remember grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner while the raindrops pinged off of the tin roof of the deck.  I love being outside in the rain, feeling it on my face, seeing it bead up on my raincoat. I love the splash of a good puddle.  I remember going out hiking almost every rainy Saturday of my childhood (I’m sure it wasn’t EVERY one, but I remember it that way), spying animals running free under the assumption that all the humans were far away.  I remember the invigorating weight of being soaked to the skin, and the joy of changing into warm clothes. Those are some of my very favorite memories.

    So I got to thinking- what traditions will I set up around rainy days for my girls? It’s supposed to rain all week, so I’m planning a flexible schedule of making cupcakes, painting, eating grilled cheese sandwiches, maybe watching a special movie,  and, of course,  getting out  in the middle of the downpour.  Those puddles won’t splash themselves, you know.

    Do you have traditions around rainy days? Any wonderful memories? Do share!

    4 Responses to “It’s raining, it’s pouring”

    1. Brandy says:

      I love walking in the rain, though it has always been treacherous (I’m a glasses wearer)…Joey and I had our date night tonight, and it was really coming down as I drove home. It was scary, and I couldn’t see the road lines very well, and I kept thinking, “I just want to be at home”. We ate doughnuts and watched American Idol and snuggled, which is a rainy day tradition I think I need to cultivate :)

    2. Carolyn says:

      Soup. Like maybe some tomato soup to go with the grilled cheese sandwiches. And soup with floaties can remind one of the puddles outside. Since you don’t get many snow days in your climate, you can also make cocoa on rainy days. With milk.

    3. Julie says:

      One of my favorite pictures is of all my children (I only had 3 at the time) standing outside in a summer rainstorm with the heads thrown back and their mouths wide open to catch the drops. It doesn’t rain here as much as I wish. I love the rain. Snow doesn’t make any noise and is much more cold.

    4. Jessica says:

      I love the rain. I grew up in Washington and so rainy days bring me home. One of my favorite things to do on rainy days is to go thrift shopping. I’m not really sure why. I just always really enjoyed it on those days the most.
      I have a memory of being a child and visiting my cousins in Utah when a summer storm hit. We would play a game where we’d try to run from the top of her driveway and back dodging all the raindrops. I’m pretty sure it was futile but I remember thinking I was so good at it.