“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”

“Rain, rain go away come again another day.” When I was young, I thought this nursery rhyme had a bit of magic about it. If I sang it enough times, the sun would reappear, and I could go out to play. I’m singing it now with the same hope. It has been raining since Monday. The sky alternates between angry clouds and greyish white clouds. The rain is sometimes heavy and other times just a fine mist, spitting rain my mother use to call it. I saw the sun for an hour or so the other day. It gave me a bit of hope.

I do a couple of house chores every day. Yesterday I watered plants, changed my bed and paid my bills. I haven’t gone anywhere, haven’t wanted or needed to. Tomorrow, though, I have a list of errands so Gracie and I will hit the road. Maybe if I cross my fingers and wish for sun, it might work.

When I was young, I had snow boots but not rain boots. Nobody I knew had them either. I also didn’t have a raincoat or an umbrella. I always got wet. It was the usual thing.

During the rainy season in Ghana, I got wet. Sometimes I had to run from my house to the classroom block when the rain was heavy, but I didn’t mind. The rain was always welcome. I’d even shop in the market while it was raining, but if the rain got really heavy, I’d stand in the doorway of a building or inside a small kiosk until it lightened or stopped. The rain was a gift to make crops grow.

I love the sound of rain. Even when I was kid, I loved the rain beating on my bedroom window. In Ghana the rain on the tin roof of my classroom was sometimes so loud that I couldn’t teach, but I could fall asleep listening to the rain. Its steady beat was comforting in a way, amost like music, maybe even a lullaby.

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10 Comments on ““Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Its raining in Detroit, its all its done since Christmas. They keep suggesting that rain could turn to snow but it sure doesn’t look like it

    Like many others, I saw Mayor Walsh speak out and I salute him. I truly hope that it wasn’t rhetoric and that other cities will step forward.

    I am old now, but as a first generation immigrant I an eternally grateful to those that embraced me and helped me along the path of a new country.

    We remain in a Prince-free environment including this weekend, he is shooting hoops and that is a good thing

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      We’re far too warm for it to turn to snow. It is almost 50˚ but the warm day is wasted in the rain.

      There are many cities where the mayors have come out to defend their designations as sanctuary cities including New York’s Bill de Blasio, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and Seattle’s Ed Murray.

      My great-grand parents were the immigrants who came from Ireland. They weren’t so warmly welcomed, but they raised families and became American.

      Do you go to his games? My sister’s oldest grandson is also playing hoops, and they get to most of his games as they don’t see him as often as they’d like.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat – generally the Prince’s matches are at bad times in far away places, so generally I miss his basketball and his baseball. Fortunately football was scheduled for Saturdays or Friday night under the lights so I saw his complete season. I make appropriate noise so he knows that I am there.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I’m glad you make appropriate noise!

        It is too bad the games are so far away. I know you’d love to go!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I did have rain boots when I was about 5 years old. They were hot pink galoshes with the big fold over fasteners on them. I had a matching raincoat and sou’wester hat, too. It was a surfeit of plasticky pinkness. 🙂 The coat and hat were fine but I loved the boots the best. I think the word galoshes is mighty fine, too.

    There was a bit of rain up here, earlier in the day. Then the sun was back and forth with the clouds. It got up to 50 but the wind was very brisk and cold. Still, it was nice to go out without a coat. I hate layers.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Wow, you must have been quite the picture of pinkness.

      I don’t think my mother wanted to spend the money on boots and raincoats. Back then she kept a budget envelope which didn’t have a whole lot of room for extras.

      We had no sun at all today. It rained until the afternoon and has stayed cloudy and dark. It was damp which made the day feel chillier than it was.

      I stayed home all day!

      Have a great evening.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Late last night I saw an interesting TV broadcast about geological research at the Bosumtwi (Bosomtwe?) impact crater lake in Ghana, it also had nice pictures and stories of the lake and the Ashanti region and also a Ghanaian downpour.
    Fortunately no rain last night when I had to walk home because the train took a detour and I missed the last tram once again. I saw the second half of a concert of a local group because I was in that town anyway. It was fun and I’m looking forward to see a complete concert next time. Not exactly KTCC music but perhaps you like it too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRfpMoc6ixs

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I never got to Bosomtwe so I’ll have to put it on my list for the next time. Usually back in the day and ever now I go directly from Accra to Tamale which bypasses any side trips. That doesn’t mean I can’t schedule a little sightseeing.

      I like it too. It is a bit different than what I usually hear, but I enjoyed the difference.

      It has finally stopped raining.

  4. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had grey and dull weather here all week, sometimes with fog and sometimes without, no rain or snow though. It is the same here this morning and I can see fog closer to the mountin.

    I haven’t done a thing this week beside watching dvd’s I’ve already seen, that is more or less what my brain has managed to do 🙂 Don’t get this cold, it is awful 🙂 I must however go to town today to get some food and fetch a package but after that it is back to watching dvd’s I’ve already seen 🙂

    Weäve always heard that the climate change will give us even more rain but now they say they’ve figured out that some parts of this country will get much less and some places can already notice it, they must now see where they can get more water because the lakes they have will soon not havy any left to give.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Much of the state has had so much rain that the drought condition has lessened, and we still have much of winter to go.

      I haven’t had a cold in a long time. If I do get one, I lie on the couch under an afghan and watch TV just as you have.

      Haven’t you heard? There is no climate change. It is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Just ask Trump.

      Enjoy your day!!


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