Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The First Rain

You can't see the rain but dig the wellies.
The big news this week is that it rained yesterday.

I was still in bed when DD came running in to tell me, "I just realized it's raining!" I jumped up and ran into the living room. And there it was. Real rain. DD said, "I can't believe it. I haven't seen rain for so long." (Think how you would react to waking up to the first magical snow - that's how we felt and reacted.)

DD put on her wellington boots and went out onto the balcony. She stood watching, transfixed, and smiling from ear to ear.

It wasn't only us. There were tens (or even hundreds) of comments on facebook just announcing the rain. We were collectively thrilled. We even have a name for the first rain after the long hot summer. It's called the Yoreh.

It was cold outside too. I wore my fleece and real shoes instead of sandals.

The best thing about the rain is the clear fresh air it leaves afterwards. Looking down, the street looks clean and the cars are all shiny again. A thick layer of dust and dried mud has been washed away. I feel like cleaning my house.

So forget September 1st as the real start to the new year. Or my birthday on September 4th. Or Rosh Hashana. Or Yom Kippur. Or, as usually happens, "after the all the festivals are over we'll get going with real life, goals, work, diet, etc..." (That would be next Sunday). We're up early, refreshed and raring to embrace the new year, today, after the Yoreh.


  1. We get a lot of snow here in Canada - and yes, we do like to complain about the weather - BUT - you're right - that first real snowfall of the season brings out the kid in us all!

    Enjoy the nice, cool air.

    1. I know people in California think it's wonderful that they get sunny weather all year round but I think we'd get bored if we didn't have the magic of the changing seasons and the drama of the different weather.

  2. I couldn't live somewhere without seasons, or somewhere that had the same weather all year around, I think it would drive me bonkers. To be pleased to see the rain must be a wonderful thing! :D x

    1. It was. Though we've not seem any more since. Hoping for a wet winter for a change.