Monday, August 28, 2006

Rain, finally

Yesterday I noticed a mysterious hole in the crushed granite by the compost pile, and told Anthony about it. "I don't think its an animal hole," I said, thinking of the snakes and the small rodents that attract them. Anthony went out to inspect, and came back to tell me it was a huge crack in the earth, which was so dry and parched it was pulling apart. The last rain we had was July 2nd.

Today we had a glorious Texas thunderstorm. It blew in with an eerie light, and pelted the ground with huge furious drops. They were accompanied by bright flashes of light and loud thunderboomers. It was enough to wash the layer of dust off of all the leaves and patio furniture. The temperature suddenly dropped from 97 to 81.

I encouraged Colin to come out on our covered porch to experience the weather. He was a little hesitant. "The rain smells so good!" I told him, "I'm going to stand in it!" "No, Mommy!" he said, as I stepped 1 foot from the porch just to briefly feel the rain on my face. I quickly returned, but he insisted we go inside. I opened all the curtains and blinds to watch the spectacle.

This was about the time Anthony was picking Anna up from school (the bus has already lost its charm). He said all the parents at the school were dashing in and out, getting drenched picking up their kids, yet everyone had a smile on their face.

8 comments:

Daddy said...

I love the smell of rain too. It smells better in the U.S. than it does in England, probably because of the constancy of the almost daily rain showers washing away the ozone in the air or something,?.
Usually when it rains in El Paso we go outside under the porch to enjoy it. However after the past month of floods, when rain is threatening we go to the garage to work on our ark!

Emily said...

We enjoyed a nice rain in Dallas, too. Steve and I sat on the back porch with a couple of beers and watched it come down.

The bus has already lost it's charm?!? My, that was quick!

Jess said...

Um...no rain here! We must have missed it! :( I love it when it rains. Too bad it didn't rain here. I would have thoroughly enjoyed that! Can't wait until Friday!!!! :)

COUSIN BEVIE said...

We finally got rain this morning! What a welcome sight the our parched land! I noticed immediately after the hour long shower stopped all the hay perked up. And, unless my eyes decieved me...I spotted a hint of green among the overwhelming majority of brown.


XOXOXOXO!

COUSIN BEVIE said...

Excuse my type-o.......
Re-do:
What a welcome sight to our parched land!

Lisa said...

I'm so jealous. We still haven't had more than a sprinkle here. I'm about to step outside and water what is left of the front garden right now.

pollypeavoy said...

Sorry guys but it is always peeing it down over here and it smells like raw sewage some days.

A.Norma said...

All we have to do in England to make it rain is 'hang some washing out to dry...clean the windows...plan a Bar- b -Cue...have a picnic. :o) so you see we have rain ALL the time because there is always someone doing one of those things..:o)just a cheery note to add to Pollypeavoys'. I love the smell of our rain though...