This town is baseball crazy.
We have the most amazing ballpark
Of any town our size in the country.
That’s not just the Chamber of Commerce talking
It’s actual fact.
Once again we are hosting the
National Junior College Division II World Series.
At least that was the plan.
It’s been raining virtually non stop
Since the moment it began.
Can you imagine keeping an entire team of college boys
Entertained in a motel room waiting for the rain to stop!
But just like the baseball tournament
I’m experiencing my own rain delay.
A gardening rain delay.
There has been very little gardening happening this week.
I did manage to get the three bare root Annabelle Hydrangeas in the ground.
And I gave the wisteria its first of many summer haircuts.
But other than that I’ve watched from the inside
As the garden gets greener and greener.
Debra has been texting me pictures of her visit to Ireland
And it looks a lot like my backyard!
OK except for the house make that abbey.
This part of the world has been at some stage of drought
For the last 4 or 5 years.
Newspapers across the state print the monthly drought map.
Much of the state has been living on the verge of the most severe category.
Then came May.
It has rained
The ground is saturated.
Farm ponds are full
Creeks and rivers are rising out of their banks.
Lakes are overflowing.
Yet no one is complaining about the sunless days.
I’m taking that as a good omen.
And hoping that it means
That we’ve all developed a deeper respect for water.
That we will take this gift of rain
And not squander it.
That we will voluntarily cut back on our consumption.
That we’ll join Californians in their enforced 5 minute showers.
That we will ration our use without the city insisting on it.
That we know that it takes more than a month of good rains.
To replace what has been drained from our water table.
That we have learned that water is a most important resource.
That we are called to be good stewards of this generosity.
Enjoy the rain or sun wherever you are.