“The rain cools the air, calms the soul and replenishes life.”

This is a late morning for me. I slept well. The house is comfortable and cool. Even the dogs hang around and nap a lot. The heat is still with us. The temperature is already 88˚, the high for the day. I have to go out to pick up some dog food and some replacement basil. I wish I could loll.

My friend Bill, of Bill and Peg fame, friends starting from my Peace Corps Ghana days, remembered it was 108˚one morning, around 8 am. It was the dry season when over 100˚ is common for many days in a row. The only saving grace is the heat was dry. I remember everything was brown. The fields were bare. Farmers had lit the fields on fire to burn away the brown grass and the stalks of harvested millet. I used to watch the progress of the fires burning almost in a straight line across the fields. The air was filled with smoke. Add the heat and breathing was laborious. I remember when the humidity started and pushed away the dry air. The rainy season was coming. The farmers readied their fields for planting. After the rains started, I loved seeing the tiny green growth sprouting in the fields being my house.

Each time I have gone back to Ghana it has been during the rainy season. The millet is tall in the fields. On the back roads, you can’t see houses or compounds beyond the millet on each side of the road. The once hard-packed dry roads soften in the rain making travel on some roads difficult. I remember going to Ougadougou during the rainy season and having to get out of the car so it could pass through mud holes and not get stuck. It rained every day.

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6 Comments on ““The rain cools the air, calms the soul and replenishes life.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    What’s this thing called rain? I haven’t seen any in so many weeks I’ve forgotten what it feels or sounds like. 🙂 It’s only two in the afternoon and it’s already 100°F. The entire northern hemisphere, where it’s summertime, is suffering through brutal heatwaves. How can any intelligent person conclude that global warming isn’t a problem. Oh, I forgot about the millions of people who don’t believe Donald J.Trump organized and encouraged an insurrection or a coup on January 6th, 2020. What was I thinking. 🙂

    I’ve been in Phoenix Arizona in August when it was 112° and the natives said it wasn’t bad because it’s a dry heat. Phoenix is in the Senora desert. My reply too them is to turn on your oven and heat it to 300°F and then, stick your head inside the oven and tell me it’s not too hot because it’s dry. 100°F plus is hot. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I haven’t seen the rain either. Most of the state is at drought level, more in the western part of the state than here. We are far warmer now than usual. August is usually my hottest month except for this year.

      The committee hearing last night was amazing. What a great job they did in analyzing what he didn’t do and his inaction when he should have intervened. Trump was by himself in the dining room loving what he was watching on TV.

      Ghana in the far north where I lived was the hottest part of the country. It has the shortest rainy season. My students were used to it. It took me longer to be okay.

      • Bob Says:

        Trump was calling Republican Senators to get them to not certify the electors. And, he called Rudy Giuliani twice. Giuliani was his attorney who ran around the country trying to convince states to change electors due to phony charges of voter machine fraud. Of course, Trump fired and then stiffed the former NY mayor and federal prosecutor of his fee. I think the State of New York has stripped him of his law license.

      • katry Says:

        I have watched and enjoyed the January 6 hearings. I also read how the false electors who signed the fake certifications will be held accountable to the law. Yes, he did lose his law license in NY and perhaps he will lose it in every state.

  2. William Says:

    The pool at West African Cocoa Research Institute Ghana (WACRIG) was a hot walk from our house. The water was air temperature, around 85-90. When we returned home we were just as hot and sweaty as when we started.

    • katry Says:

      That was like the pool when I was a kid. It was on the opposite end of town, quite a walk from my house. We were hot by the time we got home. I did go to the pool with you once. I had a good time!

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