“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”

Last night a cool breeze made the night chilly. My friend Clare was dressed for an Arctic expedition. A sweatshirt was enough for me, and I was still bare-footed. The deck movie was Capricorn One, released in 1977. It was about a Mars landing hoax which got me thinking about the moon landing. I know I’ve mentioned I heard the description of the landing as it was happening but from the radio on VOA during training in Ghana. The Ghanaians also heard it so none of us actually saw the one giant leap for mankind. Many Ghanaians don’t believe it was real. They think it was faked for the radio. Capricorn One would fit right into that theory.

We cancelled Clare’s sled dogs when the breeze disappeared and the night got warmer, but it still felt more like mid-September. I don’t remember the last hot night or when I had to use my air conditioner. This has been a spectacular summer for weather.

When I was a kid, a summer rainstorm was my favorite of all. The rain hitting the pavement caused steam to rise, and the cool rain and the hot pavement together had a distinctive smell, a summer smell. The street gutters were rivers of fast-moving water carrying leaves and paper to the grates over the sewers. Sometimes paper would get caught on the grate and the water would rise. We’d splash through the gutters barefooted and clear the grates so the deepened water would flow like a waterfall into the sewer. It made a roaring sound.

Sometimes when it rains I go on the deck and sit under the umbrella. Above me I can hear the rain tapping as it falls. The leaves glisten with drops of rain. All around is wet, but I stay dry. I love a summer rain.

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18 Comments on ““Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.””

  1. Clare Stevens Says:

    Ha! Ha!

  2. GnuFool Says:

    • katry Says:

      This is one of my favorite of her songs from In My Life, a favorite album. Well, actually, there are very few of hers which aren’t favorites of mine!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I loved to make canals between the different puddles and if possible make a big lake down hill or lead it to a manhole in the street.

    I lit a fire in my kitchen stove for the first time this season, we had a strong wind blowing so no back draft filling my home with smoke this time 🙂 It was rather nice but still, it means summer is over for this time.

    I don’t think I’ve seen Capricorn One, must see if I can find it. I’ve tried to find the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley but it seesm it’s impossible. Well I’ll keep on looking.

    Have a great day!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Rain and sun and a short thunderstorm today. When I returned home this afternoon I listened to my usual Sunday afternoon show on our local public radio. The topic was rain. Later I started the BBC6 radio stream on my computer to record Iggy’s show and they played Randy Newman’s I Think It’s Going To Rain Today. Then KTCC. Rain. An international rain-media-conspiracy is going on today!

    • katry Says:

      I’m thinking another eerie coincidence-no mice but rain this time. Stephen King would already have a plot board all set up. I’m with you in thinking conspiracy!

  5. flyboybob Says:

    The rumor that the moon landings were faked is right up there with the mystery gunman on the gassy knoll, Sadam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, the gulf of Tonkin incident and the check is in the mail. My 17 year old son believes the first two and is too young to remember the last two. I don’t think he has ever seen a paper check.

    We are cooling down here also with a high of only 93 degrees under sunny skies. If you put a pencil on a globe at Dallas Texas and move the globe to the West, the pencil will be at the same latitude as the Sahara desert. We could sure use some rain around here.

    Summer thunderstorms are some of the most powerful forces on earth. The energy released in the average thunderstorm over several hours is about the same amount of energy that would be released in 50 Hiroshima size atomic bombs. The high winds lighting and torrential rains can spawn tornados, floods and wild fires.

    • katry Says:

      It was easy to think it unreal when you didn’t see it and you live in a country where there are women accused of witchcraft.

      It has been a warm day here today, a summer day, and humid. Rain was predicted but hasn’t come yet.

      Ghana had a rainy and a dry season. You had to grow enough in the rainy season to feed your family the rest of the year. One rainy season was late and I got awfully tired of rice every meal.

      I love thunderstorms but I’ll take a regular old rainstorm. I liked being outside and getting wet when I was a kid.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I did see the moon landing on TV but since I wasn’t there on the moon it could very well have been faked. I don’t think so, though. If it had been faked, we’d have made better SFX even back in the cheesy FX 60’s.

    The day was nice but it was very humid. Now it’s pouring rain. When it’s a nice gentle rain, I like to sit on my top porch step and stick my bare legs out into the rain. It’s so cool and refreshing. I was doing that earlier before the deluge. When I came back inside there was a tornado warning blaring on the TV. I’m beginning to think I live in Kansas.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I didn’t think it was faked either even though I didn’t see films of it for a couple of years. With this movie, they had a lot of red dust which they pretended was Mars, and a sort of lunar landing type craft on the fake surface.

      It has been humid here all day but no rain yet. Every now and then there is a breeze so maybe that’s a sign of the rain coming.

      I did nothing all day, but I’m tired anyway.

      Enjoy what’s left of the evening!

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