An Ode to the Rain

by gigigriffis

Image by Navaneeth Ashok

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” – Roger Miller

Most people here avoid the rain.

When the littlest drops start to fall, everyone runs for cover, taking shelter in sushi bars and coffee shops and cantinas. A few people brave the storm probably because they have somewhere to be…but they rush through it, holding bags over their heads or ducking and running.

But not me.

In fact, the thing I love most about being in Mexico in the summer is just that:

The rainy season.

The booming, drenching, immediately cooling rainstorms that turn La Quinta (the main street) into a mess of puddles just waiting for a pair of rain boots and a jump. That turn shady patios into thin, glistening waterfalls. That turn terrible, sweating heat into coolness, if only for a short time.

The rains really started last week. The first storm began just as Luna and I ducked into a sushi bar for some dinner. After dinner, Luna and I ran home through the streets, me laughing out loud and her shaking the raindrops off every few minutes – as if that tactic would work during a storm.

Then this morning, a morning that didn’t start off great, the sprinkling started again. I strapped on my backpack (with my wallet safely ensconced in a plastic bag) and walked to the local coffee shop, face turned toward the sky, shoulders back, feeling better with every drop.

When I got home, I rinsed out my hair in one of the little waterfalls coming off our roof.

Rain
Image by Navaneeth Ashok

I might have been singing – or perhaps laughing – all the while.

I think my neighbor thinks I’m crazy. Or bohemian. Or maybe sexy.

And I guess he’d be right, really.

Crazy, bohemian, and sexy. And desperately in love with the drenching rainstorms.

people in the rainPhoto by Victoria Pickering.

I even have a rainstorm playlist on my iPod. With songs about rain by Patty Griffin, Matthew Brookshire, Sara Bareilles, and Dana Glover. I’ve been humming those songs all week.

When was the last time you played in the rain?

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7 comments

Rebecca July 11, 2013 - 12:39 pm

I am currently in the East of the US and we have had a lot of rain lately, so much so that when I go out to my back yard after the rain has tried to soak through the earth my feet squish. It is so fun. I do enjoy the rain and love respite from the humidity and heat no matter how long it lasts.
Keep enjoying the showers.
Your fellow sister in rain.

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gigigriffis July 11, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Ooh, that sounds lovely. Will be in the east US soon myself (Saturday!). I’ll cross my fingers for more rain. :)

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Audrey - That Backpacker July 11, 2013 - 10:04 pm

I’ve really been enjoying monsoon season in Chiang Mai. It has cooled the city down and I now look forward to overcast/rainy days as opposed to sunny/scorching hot days.

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gigigriffis July 12, 2013 - 7:16 am

I hear that!

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Berta July 11, 2013 - 11:36 pm

Cool pics! I love the rain when I have time to play in it. In Kauai a couple months ago so we had some fun times in the rain. I love sitting in my car in the rain & just listening to it pound the car

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gigigriffis July 12, 2013 - 7:16 am

Yeah. I love the sound it makes too. It’s my last day in Playa and I’m hoping for a rainstorm tonight. Fingers crossed.

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