On a day like today, I find myself reminded of an old nursery rhyme I first heard in Kindergarten:
Personally I never fully understood the reasoning for this rhyme. I mean, I like the rain. It’s always been like some kind of magic to me, the sky falling down to cleanse the earth and wash away the dirt and grime that’s accumulated. More than that, though, the rain gives us a chance to be thankful for things, most important of all being a roof over our heads and a stove to ensure that the food in our bellies is warm. We even have a valid excuse to curl into a warm blanket, and really, when is there a better time to do so?
In the past, humanity depended on the rain for survival, for without the rain we couldn’t grow the crops to sustain ourselves. Sure we may have developed our own irrigation systems, but the rain remains a marvelous thing. Well, at least to me.
On many rainy days as a child I was often quoted an old cliché: “Don’t you have enough sense to come in out of the rain?” I didn’t then, and still sometimes don’t today, although I’m refraining from puddle jumping and literally singing in the rain today (parents you may want to take caution when showing an impressionable child the classic Singin’ in the Rain).
A rainy day also gives us all a perfect excuse for one of life’s most interesting diversions, the jigsaw puzzle. Sure you can lay one out any old day, but when the sun is shining and it’s nice outside, would you really want to spend the day inside? And besides being good fun and a great brain teaser at times, that puzzle supposedly helps ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
So let it fall down, and rain o’er me.