Wednesday, December 10, 2008


"Water that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere and falls to earth in drops more than 1/50 in. (0.5 mm) in diameter."

Who knew there was such a specific definition for rainfall! I think I was waiting for something creative and romantic. "Cool droplets meant to provide the perfect setting for a kiss," "drops of water meant to form puddles for jumping," "angel's tears," "something you sing in."

Condensed vapor larger than 1/50 in. in diameter... I guess that goes to show that it's all in what you make of something. Who cares what the definition says. If you see rain as tragically beautiful instead of bothersome and wet - then that's what it becomes. 

I do have to say though, considering today's date - I'd much rather it be my aforementioned snow falling to the ground. But what a great symbol for change! First it's blustery, cold and snowy - then it's 60 degrees and rainy. & tomorrow it will all be different once again. I suppose I should take that discrepancy to heart. Nothing lasts forever, and right now, If I apply that knowledge to situations which aren't so great in my book - it helps me keep the faith.

Nothing. lasts. forever.

Maybe you feel like you'll never laugh again. Inevitably, when you least expect it, someone or something will come along and make you smile. Then, before you realize it's happening - you're laughing.

Or perhaps you don't think you'll ever be able to make it through your struggles this time. Life is too much. It's too hard. But you keep walking. Unsure all the while, until one day, you look around and realize it's behind you - there's only blue skies up ahead.

Of course, this goes both ways. You may find yourself tumbling down from a high or coming across obstacles after your path has been clear for years. But like the tide rolls in and out, the seasons come and go, and rain turns into snow - it will change in time. Just give it time. 

I know that thought can turn depressing if you apply it to things like love and happiness, but I think it's important to realize that these values, while ever changing like the rest of life, can in fact last.  At least, that's what I have to believe. Spring will cause a flower to bloom while the summer sun will scatter its seeds. Autumn will cover them in a blanket of leaves and the winter a cover of snow. But, next year, as the sun softens the freeze and rain falls once again - those seeds will blossom to brand new heights. The good things in life - the best of the best - those are the things that will be ever changing and ever growing, but won't ever fully disappear. True love, true friendship, faith, hope & dreams - the rain might stop tomorrow, but those aspects will never cease to be. & if they do - if they honestly end, then they weren't real in the first place

I think I'm writing the above more for my benefit than anything else. I have to believe in what I wrote. I just have to. If I stop believing, I'm afraid I'll start accepting the practical definition of life. I'll lose sight of rain as a setting for singing and puddle jumping. I can't let that happen. No matter what. 

So here's to forever thinking of rain as angel kisses and the good things that last through the seasons.




Frenchy said...

Very Nice.


April said...

I'm hopping over from SITS! Great post...I really enjoyed reading it!

Anonymous said...

the starting got me hooked to your blog .. lovely post :)

Chase said...

If I stop believing, I'm afraid I'll start accepting the practical definition of life.

How true.
I don't ever want to settle for the Ordinary - the practical definition of life.

Whitney said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words. I think we look pretty good together too!

What wonderful writing! I completely agree with you. Rain is not the absence of sunshine, it is life renewed and quenched and the promise of sunshine to come!

Femin Susan said...

Absolutely fantastic post! Good job!
Great! Keep writing…….
Good week……… You are Welcomed to my blog…….
Wishing you in advance "A Merry X'Mas and A Happy New Year''

Tiffany said...

Nice post! But I'm really looking forward to seeing sunshine after many rainy days in a row!