It seems as if Spring will show its blooming face, we are teased with the sun’s rays shining on our arms, we wake to birds chirping a pleasant tune as they gather twigs for their nests and the bright blue skies shine above. And then Mother Nature shows her moody side. Grey skies, raindrops all around with the occasional thunderstorm thrown in for good measure, coats and scarves are brought out again to brace ourselves from the chilly winds.
Two steps forward, one step back. Such is life and nothing to do with it but show up and be present.
I never really minded the rain and gray skies. When I was working, it was never an issue because I had to be inside, behind a desk so I was missing nothing except for dry shoes and views of the clear skies from my window. Now that I’ve been a stay at home mom with children to chase after and play with and activities to chauffeur to and fro, I do sometimes get discouraged by the weather. Too cold or wet to play outside, an annoyance to shuffle little ones around in poor weather conditions and more laundry to contend with too.
But a simple reminder gets me through those times. It could always be worse.
So, we buy rainboots and children-sized umbrellas, there is the occasional splash in puddles for the simple squeal it elicits from my toddler and the older ones like to count how many raindrops are caught on tongues in between getting in and out of the car from piano or ballet. I appreciate how the raindrops lay on the grass, bead up on the flower petals and the reflections in the puddles. I appreciate how green the grass is the next day following a rainstorm. The smell of rain approaching has always been a favorite scent for me and I love that my older two can sense it on their own now too.
Thunder and lightning are a reminder of how small we really are and how we don’t control everything. We can not. We grin and bear it through the gray skies because we know that this too shall pass. The sun is always shining, we are not always able to dance in his rays, but we can take pleasure in dancing in the rain.