Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rainy Day

When you were a little kid and it rained, what did you do?

Would you run to your mother, and bury your face into the comforting folds of her skirt? Or would you race over to the window and stare, mesmerized at the lightning as it zapped to the ground? Or were you one of the ones that would run outside, ignoring your mother's protests and play around in sheets of rain, kicking in the deepening puddles?

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It rained today. We were walking into a book store (Brian was wanting to buy some textbooks - YES, textbooks. He graduated from college YEARS ago, but likes to read text books for fun! Anyway, I digress...) when the sky opened up and released the water it had been holding. While I don't like getting caught in the rain - I LOVE watching it. I could sit all day watching people dart around trying to avoid it, and cars splashing huge walls of water across the streets. But my FAVORITE part about the rain is the first few moments after it clears. The clouds roll away, and everything and everyone seems to smile. People pull down their umbrellas and smile, the flowers look brighter, the roads have that wet, pretty gleam to them. Rain really is a beautiful thing.

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So back to my first question - when you were a kid - what did you do when it rained?

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53 comments:

Amy said...

I would sit and watch out the window and still do. I then afterwards would go out and splash in the puddles and ride my bike through them.
I miss the rain. I wish it rained more in Vegas. Beautiful blog too!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Puddle jumping!!! Does "kid" include up to high school? Because I did it then too...would go to class soaking wet! I love the rain!!

m ^..^

Dustjacket Attic said...

I just loved to watch ... beautiful post!
xxx

Dash said...

I loved to watch but would cover my ears because i was afraid of thunder.

Also,. love the DANCE in the rain. you should try it once, dionne. Not the first 10 mins or so, but when its storming (with no lightning or thunder off course).

I LOVED THIS POST.:):)

DesBisoux said...

i love being outside but under cover and enjoy the show.
the pictures are simply gorgeous!xxx

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

when i was a kid and it rained, my sister and i would run outside with buckets and collect as much water as possible. no real reason for it, it was just fun! :D

Jennifer Rose said...

as long as there was no lightning, we would just keep playing and usually end up covered in mud :p

Ore, said...

I know what you mean! I love kissing in the rain too, like watching it in films, it seems so romantic :)

Pretty Neat Designs said...

Beautiful post! I was a window kid when it came to rain. I still am.

Hello, darling said...

I actually can't remember what I used to do it when it rained. Now, if I'm out and it starts raining heavily and I am unprepared, I smile and enjoy egtting soaked whilst looking forward to getting home, stripping off wet clothes, curling up on the sofa and drinking a mug of something hot ♥

Hannah said...

Seeing as I am still a kid, I enjoy watching the rain. And sometimes its nice to go out and dance in it. (so long as its not thundering and you don't have to wear a jacket or something. Being barefoot would be nice as well.) :D

Hannah

Little Miss Tiara said...

ahaha... that's actually depend on my mood which could be affected by any film/drama... so I guess little tiara would go running under the rain until her mama or maid call her up and so she would stay inside, staring at the rain through the window pane. :)

that sounds pretty romantic, ahahaha

Orchid Grey said...

growing up, we would always lose power when it rained. once we were out of power for 14 days! I always loved it, it gave our family a chance to play board games, and talk, and there was always a great sense of adventure!

Kotori said...

I love to walk in the rain. As long as there's no lighting, the kids put on their rainboots and grab their umbrellas and we stroll through the neighborhood jumping in puddles getting very wet. This is not a cold winter day activity... just when it's warm enough.

Kristin said...

I'll never forget this time that my best friend, Molly, and I were so excited to go to the neighborhood pool when it suddenly started raining - and lightning - and thundering - so the pool was closed. Her mom filled up the tub all the way to the top for us and we jumped in our bathroom "pool" with our suits on and played for hours. It was a great afternoon, and one that I'll never forget.

Carol said...

Beg my mom to let me go out and splash in the puddles! Love those pictures, so pretty.

Annie said...

when i was little on rainy days i would play in the basement with my brother all day ;) he loved barbies and playing house....lol!

Jaime said...

Nice post- I especially like hte picture of the sun peaking out.

When I was little and it rained, I would do crafty things or watch my fave Disney movies!

oh, hello friend. said...

such a lovely post, I love the way you describe the rain and why you like it.

I absolutely LOVE the rain! you are so lucky. I wish it would rain here in this super hot weather ;)

cabin + cub said...

It just started raining here today, after weeks of sunny hot weather. I always like curling up with a good book and tea when it rains, or craft... and it rains a lot here in Vancouver! ;)

Nicole Marie said...

i love how you find beauty is such ordinary and common things. i love the smell after the first rain.

TheBeautyFile said...

First of all, the best part of this post was your husband buying text books for fun...I have never ever heard anyone do that!

I loved running around in the puddles with big yellow boots on. I also had a clear plastic umbrella that brought me much joy as a kid. I loved never caring about messing my hair up in the rain when I was little...it was just not important!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Great post Dionne. It was so great that it rained (finally) out here in Katy yesterday. I am just like you - I would play in the rain. I got in trouble as a child by our elementary principal for walking in the drainage ditches to school. Called my mom to find out if I didn't have boots! I still love the rain as do all my children. Must be a Seattle thing!!
Happy Monday to you :D

SK said...

I always like to watch rain hit glass windows and trickle down. I don't mind the rain one bit when it's warm out - but it's those cold, harsh thunderstorms in the fall that I frown upon!

Amanda Nicole said...

Congratulations, Felix & Jayne!

Yesterday it rained here as well, and this morning's looking pretty wet and cool, and I fully welcome it. As a kid I really loved watching the rain, with my chin on the windowsill and feeling thrilled when cars created crashing waves onto the sidewalk.

A Balancing Act said...

Ever since I was little, whenever it rain, I'd get a blanket, sit near a window and take a nap. Rainy days are my favorite days to sleep in on!

Thanks for linking to my post! I enjoy reading your blog. It inspires me think about things I don't normally think about!

Brian said...

I am a puddle jumper. I cannot help it.

Candi said...

I remember playing heads up seven up in class! I also remember getting very defensive when my peers would sing "it's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring, he went to bed and bumped his head and couldn't get up in the morning" because I thought they were singing about my grandpa!

Great photos!!!

Lindsey said...

I love rain too...especially long naps in it! And like you the moments after the rain clears are my favorite too. I love how the grass glows so green!

As a child I don't remember being afraid of rain too much, but I do remember liking to play in the puddles!

Thanks for the sponsor note!

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

Kelsey Smith said...

I use to love playing in the rain. But now after living in Seattle where we get a lot of rain, I love sitting on the deck smelling the fresh air and listening to the sounds.

squareby said...

I used to have a little seat by the window and I'd just snuggle up with a blanket, watching the rain. When I lived in the dorms, I'd go out and play in the quad - with all the other college students!

Maria Confer said...

Gorgeous illustration! I used to love jumping in puddles as a kid!!

podgehodge said...

Rain is most beautiful after a hot summer day... and so are your pictures! :)

Phoenix said...

I LOVE the rain. As a kid, I would grab my favorite book and sit by the window and just watch the sky fall.

Your pictures are always gorgeous -- but that one of the clouds and the sunshine peaking through is particularly beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)

Rainy said...

I would sit or lay in bed and just listen to the rain.. My mom always tells me how romantic it is and I think she's right.

When I was a little kid, I put a pair of rain boots and ran, splashing the water - so much fun..

I love rain. I really do...
p.s. actually it's raining in my town right now..

Chessa! said...

it has rained so much this summer in NY and like you, we spent most of our sundays at th book store drinking coffee and reading books and magazines. it's our favorite weekend pastime for cold weather and rainy days. when I was a kid though we would sit under the front porch with my dad and color in our coloring books or read...we loved it.

the Lost Earring said...

It rains all of the time here in the Pac NW, so I can't recall rainy days being much different than others. We did have indoor recess at school if it rained hard enough, and I loved to sit on the huge heater vents that ran along the window ledge :)

Hanako66 said...

I love and have always loved the rain! (I hate it when I have to drive though!!)

Charlotte Drene said...

What a lovely post this is!

When it rained down my street, because one of the corners was a lot lower than the rest of the street, it used to flood. I would put my togs on, grab a handful of toys, my sister and my neighbour and play in the flooding until the water came out my nose.

shells said...

I LOVE the rain, always have. I grew up in the bush and one of my favourite sounds is still rain on a tin roof. I can sit by a window and watch the rain for hours. Or curl up in bed with a good book. LOVE it!

RE your blog comment - Their Aussie accents make me homesick for THEM! Even though I'm the one at home and their in LA. Why people have to go to LA to get famous is beyond me! Haha, nah, so many good things are happening for them and I'm so happy and excited for them! Thank God for Skype though, or I don't know how I'd cope!

Sarah said...

My dad and I would watch it from the porch. Every time it storms, without fail, my dad can be found on the porch. Now I don't think there's anything better than a rainy Saturday, they remind me of home!

Kristin said...

Curled up in my bed tent, oh yeah I had a bed tent, and read a stack of books! I loved and still love being cozy inside when it rains.

Rebekah Williams said...

So sad that I cannot remember what I did when it rained. But my own children LOVE the rain. My husband taught them to clap excitedly when they hear thunder . . . it's kept them from fearing it! A wonderful idea.

iheartkiwi said...

i used to love puddle jumping... and coming home , peeling of your clothes and leaving them in a big pile of mud in the foyer. but i have a feeling mom hated it!

these days i like to curl up with a bowl of tomato soup and a good book....

there is nothing better than the smell of the desert after it rains.

Iva said...

ahhh your posts are always so sweet and thoughtful. Rain can be so sweet and I love having memories in such simple things :) Really great post!

b. said...

i wanted to thank you so much for coming over to my blog last week and helping me with gift ideas!! you gave me some cute stuff to check out! xo.

Rachel Follett said...

I was the kid that would look from inside when there was a thunderstorm but rain never stopped me from playing outside. Gorgeous photos!

Tender Branson said...

I was one to play in it. On Friday, I played in it for a few hours. It was well worth it.

iva yaneva said...

I am enjoying the rainy weather so much right now :) I love rain, I love storms - it makes me sit all day long near a window with a book in my hand or a good movie and listen to the drops..

the photos are absolutely gorgeous!

simplesong said...

GREAT photos ... love rain (most of the time) and it looks so refreshing in your photos.

leslie said...

too funny -I am reading away on your blog with my cup of coffee and you just posted a nice comment on mine! Thank you!
I love the rain...I would not just look at it out the window -I use to run outside and look for the largest puddle to jump in!!! I actually miss the rain.

Elizabeth said...

I love rain--we don't get nearly enough of it in Austin. When I was a kid it was such a treat! I would curl up with a book with my cheek pressed up against the window, mesmerized by the rolling drops.

Send some storms our way!

Pamela said...

I love the rain. :)