He's only happy when it rains

It's beautiful day, Mum, he says, as he opens the curtains to reveal a grey sky and teeming rain. I actually don't mind the rain that much, I'd take it over cold weather any time. But still, every time he says that, it presses the big red button in my head marked annoying. I've told him so. But he still does it. Is he just being contrary? I don't think so, his happiness when it's raining seems to be genuine, and he just can't hold back his enthusiasm.



I decided to ask him. And he told me that it's because rain is...

...Life-giving
...Beautiful
...Less bright
...Feels nice
...Sounds good

But best of all my home-loving son likes going out when it's raining. Since I am always keen to leave the house, how could I not love it too! Even if it does mean ruined hair, and gently steaming clothes and equipment on every radiator.

So I'll be praying for a little rain over the long summer holidays, as he'll be happier, and we'll all be able to enjoy a few splashy walks. Whatever works, eh?


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  1. We had a few hours of rain yesterday morning here in London, and the place certainly felt and smelled fresher for it after four days of sun (we thought it was hot, but it was only about 18degC, but it's only April) and a lot of pollution. I work outdoors -- I'm a truck driver -- so I don't like working in rain that much (there was one job where I was carrying steel, and rain meant I had to put a sheet all over it, and the sheet was covered in the grease that the metal was covered with, which meant I often got greasy water in my face), although I don't mind a bit of it. I'd certainly prefer rain to drought, and except when it's flooding (which it did near here two years ago), it annoys me when people complain about the rain.

    But I really hate it when weather forecasters use the phrase "a lovely day" when they just mean a hot day. It's only lovely if you're at leisure, or working indoors in an air-conditioned building -- it's jolly uncomfortable if you're sitting under glass in a van in stationary traffic. Also, I had my first go at getting pallets of breeze-blocks off the back of a truck the other day using a crane, while always trying to find a position where the sun wasn't in my eyes. Not easy. The ideal weather for me when I'm working is kind of average -- about 15degC, not too bright, not rainy and definitely not snowing!

    Anyway I'm glad someone enjoys the rain. I never let it stop me getting out -- I don't cycle as that would mean my legs take the brunt of it as they're facing upwards, but I walk or take the bus into town if I'm not working.

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    1. I also get frustrated when people on the TV and radio seem to get happier and happier as the temperature rises. Presumably their studios are air conditioned? I only like really hot weather if I'm on holiday by a beach.

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  2. Oh yes, whatever works. I so loved reading his view about the rain. Would he be keen to share his thoughts on other issues?

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    1. I hope he will alright, it's enlightening, to me anyway x

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  3. I love this. What an amazing perspective on life! I hate rain because it gets my hair wet etc, but he sees it for exactly what it is, life giving! What a wonderful little boy!

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    1. Not so little either :) Thanks for visiting Emma x

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  4. I always found rain to be... soothing. I can't quite put the feeling in words, but that would be the closest I can get to it: for me, the rain is simply soothing and calming and renewing. Then again, I like the sun too, to the point that I can feel my mood suffering if there are more than 2 gray days in a row.

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    1. Thank you Anonymous, and I think that my son would agree with what you say, though gray days never seem to bother him. Personally I like the changeability of the Irish weather, it really suits me.

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  5. I have to admit that I get happier and happier the hotter it gets! But my son does not. He'll go out in it though and can deal with it when abroad. When at home he'll prefer to stay indoors. In his room. Gaming! He loves the rain too and would often run around in it, in stocking feet, or just sit out in it! It's definitely sensory....... xx

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    1. My eldest daughter is the same Jazzy :) but I start to melt and get cranky once the temperature goes above about 22 degrees centrigrade :) xx

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  6. Love that photo. Is that at your home? You are a great photographer. Griffin and I love the rain and as long as it is not really cold (as in winter) we go out and play for awhile. We never get sick like most people think. But of course we did used to live in Alaska.

    I hope to be a regular again and spend more time checking in on my friends. I just don't use the computer that much anymore. I do think of you all though.

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    1. Yes that's my garden gate Lora :) It's good to keep in contact, and thanks for dropping by x

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  7. We have just returned from London and there was great pressure to be out doing things so as not to waste the holiday. It only rained a couple of times but we were so happy to have an excuse to just stay in and potter about at my parent's flat, watch tv (Escpe to the country for me and Cbeebees for DD), read the papers (they have loads of papers), eat. Sometimes we ventured out to explore Sainsburys and Lidl which are both down the road and round the corner. Aaah bliss.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed your trip to London, despite the rain :)

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  8. I love this post! I enjoy beautiful rainy days as well. (Made my way here through Love That Max.)

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