“Rain showers my spirit and waters my soul.”

Last night it poured so hard that Henry, who loves rain, went two steps on to the deck then turned around and came back inside. The noise on the roof was constant and loud, but I did wish for the metal roof I had in Ghana. I loved the sound of rain when it hit that roof. I could feel it all around me. Sitting in my house listening to any rainstorm was the most amazing experience. When I have gone back to Ghana, it has been during the rainy season so I get to hear again the sounds of rain on the tin roof. I cherish the experience.

When I was a kid, I loved summer rain. I’d go outside and run and play and get soaked. I’d splash through puddles and send waves of water around me. I’d slide on the grass. I’d stay outside all afternoon and let the sun dry my clothes.

I talk out loud. Many times I talk to Henry. He is kind enough to look at me and listen. I talk to the TV. I scoff at silly plot details like going upstairs when the stairs are covered in blood. I go crazy when drivers have their eyes off the road while they chat. I correct grammar. That may seem silly, but I think modeling good grammar is important. I’ve been told it doesn’t matter as long as you’re understood. I liken using bad grammar to singing or playing off tune. Neither one is good for the ears.

Yesterday I felt accomplished. I finished two loads of wash and did errands. I cleaned around the house a bit, mostly clumps of Henry hair. I uploaded pictures from my camera. The oldest set was from Easter.

Today I get to vote in the local election. The turnout in these elections is always small. I think back to turning twenty-one. I was so excited at being able, finally, to vote. Since then, I have always exercised my franchised, the privilege of voting.

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6 Comments on ““Rain showers my spirit and waters my soul.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Two chances to vote in Europe in May: The election of EU Parliament end of this month and The European Song Contest this week. I think I saw a Tottenham Hotspurs flag (blue-white, “Spurs”) at the first Song Contest semifinal today. Secret journey, Hedley? 😉
    No rain.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      One of your voting opportunities is a fun one, the song contest. It amazes me what a neat thing that is.

      Rain all day again. It is so cold my heat has been going. It’s only in the low 40’s with that dampness which gets to your bones.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m glad I’m not the only one who talks out loud to myself. Well, Rocky and Piki Dog are here. I can’t say they make an effort to pretend they are listening as they are usually napping on the couch. If I happen to mention food or dinner, those words penetrate their dreams and they’ll wake up and come find me just in case either of those things are available.

    It’s Triple D weather again. Dismal, dark, and drippy. It was dripping pretty heavily last night but has gone back down to drizzle. I did a post office run earlier and didn’t realize how cold it was outside. I scuttled my other errands and went back home where it is warm and dry.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My famous story about talking to the animals: I got home and said to the cats and the dog, “How was your day,’ and I nearly jumped out of my skin when I heard, “Great. How did you know I was here?” It was my brother. I uttered some silly answer, and he accepted it.

      Henry goes crazy at the mention of dinner. He sleeps deeply at night, but during the day, he is on alert even with his eyes closed.

      What a hideous day! My heat is blasting right now. I can’t believe how cold it is.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    We had our city elections a couple of weeks ago with a poor 9% voter turnout rate. There were nine candidates for mayor so a runoff election will be held next weekend. The Mayor has no real power in our council/manager form of government. The mayor is just an at large counsel person. The city council is like the board of directors in a corporation and the hired city manager runs the city’s daily business. It’s also a nonpartisan election.

    Today was another beautiful clear day with temperatures in the mid eighties. We might get up to ninty degrees by tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Usually we rate in the low 30’s for local elections. The elections were for selectman and school committee. Here too the election comes down to experience more than anything else.

      Ugly, cold and rainy today. The forecast is for warm days this weekend.


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