Thursday, March 7, 2013

The best thing one can do...

This time of year on The Palouse the weather is entirely unpredictable. One minute sun, the next rain, back to sun...even a little snow (and this can all occur within the scope of 15 minutes). 

Recently, as I was out running errands the weather shifted just like that and, in an instant, a downpour ensued. 

I was just pulling into the parking lot of the shop I was headed to and decided to wait it out. As I watched folks coming and going, it struck me how without exception the adults all tried to avoid the rain. Some ducked and ran or at the very least picked up their pace, some covered up, and some like me waited it out. Then something happened that was so antithetical to the reactions of the masses that it was impossible to miss. 

A woman exited the shop whisking a little girl to the car in her arms. The woman had the typical scrunched-down posture of those around her, but the little girl--in unabashed delight--threw her head back with her face to the sky and raised her arms as high as she could reach as if to capture every raindrop all the others were cowering from.

It was such a sweet moment to witness. 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain." 

That little girl understood :) 

Here are a few new rainy day pics from the UI Arboretum:

 -The Grocer's Wife