Relaxing Rain (Video)

It’s been gray and cloudy here for the last few days. We’ve had sporadic rain and today it is still coming down.

I love it.

For all the tension and misery I lived through in my home environment, concerning my father’s unpredictability, I always had a cozy and warm feeling when it would rain.

Perhaps it was just something as simple as having shelter and a warm bed, physical protection from the elements, that gave me that feeling.Or maybe it was the freedom it represented to me, something I’m only thinking of now.

It stays with me to this day. Rainy days just tend to bring up warm and fuzzy feelings for me.

I used to sit and color when it rained, particularly during thunderstorms. There was a feeling of safety in that.

For four years we lived in a house with a big front porch. When it rained, the three of us (children) would go out and play as if we were on a ship. We’d pretend to fish and dive off the steps into the turbulent ocean.

In warm weather as long as the rain didn’t include a lightning storm, we also played right in it. Nothing like the feeling of wet cool grass and soft ground under your bare feet.

When we belonged to the swim club and it started to rain, we’d keep swimming. The pool stayed open as long as it wasn’t a thunder/lightning storm. The first time I discovered that you can’t feel the rain drops on your skin when you’re already wet from swimming, I was amazed.

I still take comfort in the rain. I love the sound of it falling on the leaves and the way the tires sound as they drive down a wet road. The sounds of the birds add an additional layer of tranquility as well.

Rain always seems to make the world look surreal.

The rain is one of the pleasant triggers from childhood. And I’m grateful for that.

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Rainy Day

I took a photo of the tree just outside my window. I couldn’t get the essence of it if I hung out the window and aimed so I had to take it from inside. Which meant the frame of the window was a problem. So I cropped it.

But…

Since it is raining, and I love the sound of the rain, I wanted to capture that as well. So I took a video. I have always loved the rain. My mother has told me I’m weird because of this. Ha! I’m weird anyway, but I’m happy to be different.

You can still see the rain a little and the sound is much more peaceful. At about 1:25 you can see a bird fly by.

The second video is a little later with heavier rain and a slight different view.

Listen to them together!

Rainy Night

I’ve always loved rain. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, day or night, I love the rain. Thunder storm, light drizzle, down pour and everything in between, I love the rain.

My mother thought I was weird. She’d complain and I’d say, “Oh I love it.” And she’d say, “I know you do, you’re weird.”

I never took it as an insult though. And I don’t think she was being mean when she said it. It was a regular exchange and it made me laugh.I loved that I was different than her in this way.

When I was a kid, my mother would let us play in the rain, as long as it wasn’t thundering and lightning outside. And during thunderstorms, during the time we lived in a house with a big porch, my siblings and I would go out there and pretend we were on a ship.

At other times, it seemed like a good time to color, one of my favorite pastimes as a kid and incidentally still is.

I loved to listen to it while I laid in bed at night too, except this one house, we had a metal awning, which kind of ruined the sound, especially if it was a hard rain. But no matter what, for all the shit I lived with, I always felt comforted, safe and warm in our house when it rained.

I still love and enjoy the rain to this day.

It’s raining tonight and it’s a nice peaceful rain. I can hear it softly hitting the pavement and road outside my window. And I love the sound it creates when cars drive down the wet road. It’s too cold for a thunderstorm too, but if it’s raining in the winter time around here, that means it’s too warm for snow and that is a bonus as far as I’m concerned.

Just a few minutes ago, the song (below) went through my mind. I remember when this song was played a lot on the radio so the song has its own memories as well. It came out in 1975. I was 10. It was still being played on the pop station I listened to when I was 13, which is when I heard it a whole lot.

Here’s a live version if you prefer:

Edit Sunday 10/29/17: I am reading through and editing all the posts I had on private so I can put them up again as public. I just finished a page and got to the next page, an accomplishment. This post is the first one on the bottom as I work my way up.  Since it is raining tonight and has been all day long, I had to get this one up there.