For several years now we have been living under “extreme drought” conditions.
Going back to the summers of 2011 and 2012
We’ve been below normal rainfall.
And those summers were hot….really hot.
Last summer got better.
A little more rain.
A little less heat.
Then came the summer of 2014.
What a gift.
During June it was as if we lived in Camelot.
Remember the line?
“The rain never falls till after midnight.”
Well that’s where we’ve been living.
OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch.
Especially since Camelot is fictional.
People kept saying
What till July.
So when July came
And it got cooler
We were amazed.
Last week we got several days of rain.
Alternating between hard driving rain
And soft gentle misty drips.
With mornings in the low 60’s
And days struggling to hit 70
We were in heaven.
Humans love these days.
Well gardens come alive.
It’s amazing to me the difference that rain makes.
I know it’s a fact
Given the extra nitrogen that comes with rain.
But I am amazed each time
I walk through my rain soaked garden.
There’s something about standing in rain.
Soaking it in
From the roots
To the tips of the last petal
Letting the goodness that falls from the sky
Wash over an entire garden.
We are all attuned to the weather these days.
For good reason.
It takes drastic swings
And is entirely unpredictable.
Perhaps we need to take a cue from the garden
And stand in the rain
Soaking in the goodness
Experiencing the renewal it brings.
To all kinds of lives.