Tuesday, July 8, 2008

the old man is snoring


Right now it's monsoon season in New Mexico, and with this season comes the most interesting New Mexico tradition; rain dancing. Here in New Mexico we watch the skies for rain and when it comes we run outside, turn our faces upward, and enjoy the shower. The thing that's funny to me is that no one had to tell us that's what you do here, it's just instinctual, and everyone does it. I guess when rain is such a commodity it truly becomes something to be enjoyed fully, dancing and clapping and laughing while we get soaked. I have to admit, I've never appreciated rain the way I do now and I'm sure if I move somewhere greener it will go back to being a nuisance, something that interrupts our parade, but for now there is little that brings out such pure, childlike joy as a rainstorm, and we are all relishing each drop.

11 comments:

mandakay said...

I love rain only when it comes with loud thunder. Georgia gets a lot of rain.... we dance for sun. Its cool that its normal to go out and dance in the rain tho..... this way people wont wonder if youve gone mad.

blogbusters said...

Isn't it Great! We have had a couple good rainstorms since we have been back to MI..and I have realized how much I have missed them...it is so wonderful...I am glad you guys got a good one to enjoy!!

Megan said...

Ahh, life in the desert. I can just see you guys running around in the rain and I have to say- it totally makes me smile. :)

Sara said...

Don't you love that you can learn to appreciate stuff like RAIN when you're out here in NM!? I love the rain and always have, since I've lived here my entire life!!! I could get sick of it fast out in PA though! Hey, maybe we'll go out there together when Ben gets into Med School and get sick of it together--we could have a lot of craft days then . . .

Lauren Tracy said...

im glad it is raining somewhere else in this universe besides Hawaii!!! What ever happened to summer?? I guess i am just a sheltered little girl from cali.....well...i guess ill just have to take up rain dancing. Marvelous idea!

P.S.....who is the old man snoring??

Carrie said...

It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring.... Have you not heard that rhyme?

Melissa said...

really nice writing, my friend.

Stephanie J. Robertson said...

how fun! we get a little rain everyday and it only lasts for a few minutes usually but when it gets really rainy on occasion i love it!

Caity said...

I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. All our rainstorms here are accompanied by a massive amount of lightning and thunder. Very amusing, but not something I want to rain dance in :) I'm glad you've taken up rain dancing though. Brings back some good old memories...sigh...

Hatch Family said...

I agree with Melissa. Well written. You reminded me of good memories.

Anonymous said...

There is something so cool about this entry. It inspires another children's book...don't you think? The mental picture you conjured up was great! Love you! Mom