There are few things that are better than listening to the sound of falling rain.
Unless you are stuck walking in the middle of it.
After returning home from work today, I leashed my anxious Chihuahua and set out to get in a quick walk before the impending downpour started. My phone's forecast said there was only a 50% chance of rain at 5:00, so I thought, "Perfect! We can squeeze in a quick 30-minute walk before the rain hits."
Apparently 50% really means 100% today.
We made it about three blocks away from our house before I felt the first drop hit my head. Apprehensively, we kept going for another block or so. And then the torrential pouring started.
Cosmo stared at me, eyes wide, somewhat paralyzed by this sudden offense to his dryness. After a few seconds of staring, we both instinctively turned around and began running towards home.
By the time we made it to the front door, we were both thoroughly soaked. Cosmo, who generally hates water of all types (seriously, you should see how much this dog detests bath time) was not pleased. But I couldn't help but laugh hysterically.
My previously nice makeup job and styled hair now dripped everywhere; my pants were drenched and I could feel the water squishing between my toes in my once-dry shoes. On a normal day, I would be as irritated as my shivering, soggy Chihuahua. The stormed ruined my Rest Day workout. I was soaked to the bone. Cosmo didn't get to go on the walk he expected, which meant he would be hyper all night. And the complaints march on.
Today was different, though. Although our time in the rain was brief, it felt amazing to feel the cool water drip down my face. The sound of the rain hitting the pavement around us was relaxing, even though it was hitting us just as furiously.
As for Cosmo, sure, he may not have enjoyed his time as a fish in the suburbs, but now he's happily snuggled on my lap, drying off through cuddling.
And as I sit and think, as I often do when snuggling my family, how great life is.
It's time to stop taking everything so seriously. Enjoy life. Laugh a little when the sun is shining, and just as much when the storm clouds are overhead.
Run in the rain with your dog and get a little wet.
Writer, editor, and storyteller living in the Twin Cities.