I like rain for many reasons. As a gardener and natural scientist I’m grateful for the watering of plants and the refilling of aquifers. I like listening to the sounds it makes against the windows when I’m inside – preferably with a cup of coffee and a good book.
However, I also love going out afterwards, walking through a brighter world now that the sun has reappeared, breathing in the petrichor and ozone.
Somehow, knowing the rain has gone acts as an invitation to get outside.
Puddles are a place of fascination, especially whenever I’m walking with smaller people. I find they’re equally fascinated by raindrops on berries, or bejewelled spider webs, or whatever we discover as we venture outside to explore.
I try to keep that state of curiosity and open-mindedness during walks. It slows me down, but brings me such beauty and joy. Always grateful for the excuse to not just rush onward to the next thing.
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