Rainstorm and Rainbow Revelry on a Cloudless Day

I love rain drops and rainstorms, reveling in the many sounds they make, the feel of raindrops on my skin, the sight of each drop as it splash-dances onto whatever it touches, the way they freshen the air, and the gift of life bestowed by their very presence.

Sunny days are the norm where I live in California. Rainy days are often few and far between. So, I often water my small redwood grove and fern garden. I do it by hand with a watering hose and it is truly a labor of love.

Today as I watered, I noticed the sound of the water hitting some ancient plants—their predecessors date back to the age of the dinosaurs—and closed my eyes to focus on the musical way the sounds changed as the spray shifted onto various parts of the long, slender plants, much as wind and chimes make their own melody as a gift for all who take the time to experience and appreciate.

I kept my eyes closed, soaking in the rainy melody, feeling the refreshing mist on my sun-warmed body, grateful for the moment, making the moment last, and creating another beautiful memory.

My eyes stayed shut as I sprayed other plants, changing the melody that nature so generously provided to me.

I imagined myself in a wondrous rainstorm while out in nature, and felt at home in its welcoming arms.

I felt warm, safe, fully alive and present, serenity, and inner peace in that embrace.

Feelings of joy and gratitude swept over me.

I was hesitant to break the spell, but there were other things that must be done, so I knew I would soon need to open my eyes and move on with my day.
But before I did, I adjusted the spray once more.

When I opened my eyes, a glorious rainbow appeared. I knew it would be there; a beloved friend who appears when water and sun come together in just the right ways to co-create yet another stunning and truly inspiring miracle.

With Love,
Russ

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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20 Responses to Rainstorm and Rainbow Revelry on a Cloudless Day

  1. Mrs. P says:

    I too, love the rain! And watering! Having been a California resident most of my life, I am very familiar with the treat of an unexpected rain. And the rainbow is the closing finale in all its splendor. Now as a Floridian, I am graced by nature quite frequently, most accompanied by lightning which I find quite breathtaking in itself. Though admittedly, I have experienced the full force of its power when it alighted the roof of a house I was in. So, now I have a love /hate relationship with it…not so with rain and rainbows, though.

  2. I too love the rain, unless I have to go out in bad weather then I am not so happy with it but at home were I can sit and watch the rain that I like

    • russtowne says:

      Yes, being out in it isn’t always fun. I think kids have a better way of dealing with rain and mud puddles than most of us adults–or at least a more joyous perspective!

  3. billgncs says:

    keep watering those red-woods and in about ten centuries people will come from all around to see them, Russ!

  4. sun-warmed? That’s it I’m moving in with you! I’ve always wanted to live in CA anyway. 🙂

  5. utesmile says:

    How beautifully said. I love rain too, watching it is so calming. Unlike in California, here in Britain we have it often wet and windy, still a good rain is wonderful.

  6. bulldog says:

    A lovely post Russ… sounds like home…

  7. mimijk says:

    I love the rainbow and love how much you delighted in the sounds of the drops and their result …

  8. strokedtolife says:

    So beautiful- you have me wishing for rain so that I may have such an ethereal experience.

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