R is for Rain

RPerhaps it was prophetic that I’d be enamored with storms. Now decades later the memory of this vivid dream never fades. Out of the bazillions of dreams I’ve had during my lifetime, this was by far one of the best dreams I’ve ever had. I don’t know why but I remember there being an utter feeling of bliss that accompanied the dream.

I was young when I had that dream. Really young. Maybe 12 or 13. In it, I was carrying a baby in my arms and was heading to the car at the edge of my grandparents property in Pennsylvania. As I was walking down the lawn it started to rain. And quickly it began to pour. Just then I lifted the baby up to the skies, as if in offering, and said, “Learn to love the rain, Baby. Learn to love the rain.”

I certainly have learned to love the rain. When storms blow through, I stop whatever I’m doing, turn off any music or stop any chatter and I indulge and devote all my senses to the storm. It yields for me more than a sheer enjoyment. When the rains come, it’s almost a holy experience for me. It evokes pure joy, awe and a sense of deep gratitude.

I often wonder about that dream. What did it mean? I don’t have children. I never wanted any so it didn’t have anything to do with the baby. It was all about the rain. Maybe it has to do with the fact that dark dreary rainy days turn me on. I’m happier when it rains than when the sun is shining. I’ve always tried to understand why. After a storm passes and the sun starts to peek out from behind the clouds, my first reaction is “Oh shit, here comes the sun.”

Every time I say that I feel like a freak. Everyone else seems to flourish in the sunshine. I flourish on dark rainy stormy days. What does that say about me?? I have only met two other people who are like me in that regard. I’d love to discover that there are more of us out there. What about you? How do you feel about rainy days?

Copyright © 2014 Michele Truhlik. All Rights Reserved.

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17 thoughts on “R is for Rain

  1. That’s it. I’m convinced. You and I were separated at birth. I’ve never met anyone else who felt the same way about rain and thunderstorms as I do except for you. I so love rainy days and nights. I never liked the sun and am very irritable with it when everyone else is basking! I even had someone nickname me Morticia [re: Addams Family] because of the way I feel! Listening the rain from the video as I write this and smiling wide 🙂 Love, your soul sister

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    • OH MY GOD, THAT’S SO COOL!!! You’re right, we are soul sisters! You would love it here today. And the weird thing I was just thinking is how much I love dark cloudy days like today and how sad it is that I have a summer of sunshine to look forward to! Ha!

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      • That’s hysterical. I’ve always wanted to live in Seattle but my mom was afraid to let me go out there for college because she thought I’d be so depressed because of the rain. HA! hardly! Your day sounds heavenly 🙂

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    • Thanks for stopping by Moondustwriter! That’s neat that you’ve met alot of “my” people. 🙂 Enjoy your sunny days! Don’t get me wrong, I do like a sunny day and I’m only really adverse to them when it’s blistering hot, but I much prefer the dark days.

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  2. Oh – I totally love the rain – I love storms, thunder, lightning, rain, all kinds of weather. I love the sound, the look, the feel, the smell of rain – I also stop whatever I’m doing and just watch it. I think it makes me fully present and feel more alive. I get sick of just warm sunny days and no change. Here in the Los Angeles area, if it rains for one or two days, people start complaining, and I love it. I’m always disappointed when it’s over and wish there was much more of it. Love rain! Wait til you see my “W” post – weather! 🙂

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    • Same here Lynn! Austin is sunny most of the time too. In the summer the weather forecast NEVER changes: sunny and HOT! Can’t wait to read your W post: hard to believe we’re coming to the end pretty soon…

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  3. Visiting during A to Z, and what an interesting dream you had, wow! I think it was just to confirm to you yourself, hey, you are someone who loves rains and storms, no matter what the common norm around you is. This is my very amateuristic interpretation here, so take it for what it is… The only kind of rain I really appreciate is certain kinds of summer rain (I refer to North-Western Europe here), when the rain is not cold, and when there is no wind. That’s a friendly rain experience to me. Rainy and cloudy weather is more introvert, it’s OK to just stay inside then, which is sometimes nice. Can’t remember ever enjoying a storm, though. I loved this post, enjoy the rest of the challenge!

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    • Hey, thanks so much for stopping by! I’m really enjoying the A-Z challenge and sad that it’s going to be over so soon. The month has flown by, hasn’t it? I like your dream interpretation and I would say you are right. I was just over at your site: love all the jewelry info! Hope to see you around again!

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  4. I’ve always loved the rain. Ironic because now that I live in L.A. I rarely see rain except when I travel back East. I have a novel started that is all about rain. Someday I need to finish that thing.

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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    • A novel about rain? Wow, I would LOVE to read that! How far along are you? Can you share any more about it? Writing about rain is almost as fun as watching it. Do you/did you listen to tracks of rainstorms while working on your novel? All I know about your book is that it’s about rain and already I’m captivated! 🙂

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      • I have not intensely worked on the novel for any prolonged periods. I conceived the idea in the mid-70’s and periodically will write up sketches, bits of dialogue, and scribbled ideas. In fact on my memoir blog for the letter T my piece was inspired by the novel idea. You can read at http://wrotebyrote.blogspot.com/2014/04/thoughts-on-rainy-afternoon.html It’s autobiographical but the novel is inspired by my life and where I was in the 70’s. Read and let me know your thoughts. Be sure to listen to the accompanying rain song.

        Lee
        An A to Z Co-Host
        Tossing It Out

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        • Oh Lee, FABULOUS piece, your Thoughts on a Rainy Day! Love it! I left you a comment there. The music was perfect with it. And don’t you love when the timing of the song and the writing is cued up so perfectly that they both end at the same time? I felt very involved, your writing brought me right on that street, walking in the mist right along side you. I had to laugh when I got to the part where you mentioned Mad Dog 20/20: I have to wonder: do you think we were the only two to mention Mad Dog in the A-Z?! I would be willing to make that bet! Here’s my piece that mentions that wine: https://angelsbark.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/m-is-for-monte-carlo/
          After I finished reading your piece I thought maybe what I like about rain is that it makes me think. It puts me in my head, unlike any other day. Rainy days are introspective. Such a great story. Keep at that novel and let me know when it’s out! 🙂

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          • Your Monte Carlo piece is great as well and I’ve left my comment there. You have really stirred up some memories for me. The only other blogger (not in the Challenge though) who I’ve seen talking about MD 20/20 is Stephen T McCarthy at http://xtremelyun-pcandunrepentant.blogspot.com/ — He’s the guy that got me started blogging. But I think you’re right about you and I being the only ones in A to Z mentioning MD 20/20. Don’t think I’d touch the stuff now, but I indulged now and then back in the day.

            Such fun looking back. thanks!

            Lee
            An A to Z Co-Host
            Tossing It Out

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