How do you feel about rain?
Since I live on the edge of a desert, I have very strong feelings about rain. We need rain. Badly. Last year was the worst drought we have had in nearly one hundred years. It was terrible. We went over 100 days without any rain. When you go that long without rain, you realize how much you miss it and how important it is. The grass was brown and crunchy. We were under severe watering restrictions. There were few flowers. Those wonderful days when there is a rainy day and you can curl up with a good book and spend the afternoon reading were nonexistent. There were no gentle rains. There were no thunderstorms. There was only hot, dry weather. It made us appreciate the rains when they finally came this winter. This winter we have had a more regular rain periods, with rain coming every one or two days a week. Not heavy rains, usually, but gentle rains, enough to make a difference to take us out of the drought finally. The aquifer is full. Now we are above our normal rain by about 6 inches for the year. We have a bumper crop of beautiful Texas wildflowers: bluebonnets, paintbrushes, winecups, and all the little yellow flowers. We are still being cautious with our water, but we appreciate the rain. The glorious, life-giving rain.