April 25, 2011

the perfect backdrop.

April showers have arrived and they seem to be rather, let's say, persistent this year. According to the weather forecast, we're looking at weeks of rain plus a handful of thunderstorms... My first thought? Ugh. My second thought? Double ugh.

And yet.

Sometimes, rain is wonderful. Sometimes, rain reminds me of England--of days spent meandering cobblestone alleyways, afternoons camped out at a cafe, evenings at a pub laughing and swapping stories with friends. Sometimes, rain helps me sleep. Or provides the perfect backdrop as I write. Or sets the mood for a melancholy, romantic kind of day.

Like anything else, it's not all bad--and not all good, either. But I'll take it as a good sign that for the past week, I've woken up hours before my alarm--feeling light and lively, no less. It's been nice. Really nice, actually. There's just nothing quite like first-thing-in-the-morning happiness, if you ask me. 

Besides, the whole point of April showers is to bring May flowers, right?
Something to endure, something to find beauty in before beauty is simply handed to us.

... Alright, I take back those ughs. Now, they're more like sighs.

(Photo: My Flickr)

12 comments:

KT Mac said... [Reply to comment]

I'm not crazy about all the non-stop rain we've had lately, but I do like the way it forces me indoors and focused on projects like spring cleaning and baking and enjoying the little things like a great candle against the rainy window. Sounds like you do too!

Miss A said... [Reply to comment]

Where I live we have a monsoon for 3 continuous months. I absolutely love the rains when the monsoon starts. It is all 'sigh' for me and I can completely relate to the wonderful paragraph you wrote :) But once it starts raining non-stop, it definitely becomes 'ugh', hehe.

Ana* said... [Reply to comment]

I have been finding myself enjoy rain much more than I used to. The cloudy day and showers hitting my window pane set the perfect atmosphere for days in spent with the family watching movies or forming puzzles

becky said... [Reply to comment]

I love how rain always, always reminds people of England---yet right now, in England, we are having some of the hottest April days. Even to us Englanders it feels a little strange and unexpected, so used to that romantic, moody kind of melancholy. What a lovely post, as always.

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Too much rain is not fun. Although it hasn't rained since I've been here in Alabama! I actually WANT it to rain!

DJ said... [Reply to comment]

I love the rain! I also love your use of "and yet". It reminds me of Nicole Krauss's Leopold Gursky :)

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@DJ Haha, you're so right! Oh how I love Nicole Krauss... her influence totally sneaks into my own writing, that's hilarious that you picked up on it :)

steph anne said... [Reply to comment]

I love the rain and I'm from Arizona so yeah you can see why I say that. I used to live in Seattle and hated the rain.

PhotoPuddle said... [Reply to comment]

It's funny how the rain is reminding you of England when over here at the moment it's been really hot and sunny. Just like summer's come early. I'm sure there'll be some rain soon though!

Hannah Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

I love this. I was having similar thoughts this morning. I walked to class barefoot in the rain actually, because despite the fact that I don't like being wet for the rest of the day sitting in class...I do love the feeling of being kinda connected to what's happening (by walking in it barefoot). Makes me feel like I'm embracing it rather than running from it.

Plus thunder is pretty (in my opinion)

Meghan said... [Reply to comment]

This rain is driving me crazy! I hope you are finding fun ways to pass the time!

"this fashion lark." said... [Reply to comment]

England is boiling at the moment! I like how everyone else but us is having rain haha x