Mother Nature is showing off tonight as she treats us to a very rare spectacle for our part of California: A large thunder and lightning storm. It was so unexpected that I was outside watering in the dark at about 9 PM (we do that to conserve water while trying to keep the remaining plants on our property alive after a four-year drought). Then moisture pierced the night from above. Gentle tickles at first. Then larger, more insistent taps. When I still didn’t take the hint. Mother Nature lost her patience and sent thunder and lightning to get my attention. She didn’t hold back either. Both barrels. It worked. I shut off the water and went inside.
I’m now sitting under the cover of an unenclosed patio typing away as the sound and light, and the gentle strum of the rain on on the roof above, rain remind me how wonderful it is to be alive.