I want to tell you about the rain that's been dripping down on us almost ceaselessly the last few days, and that, according to the weather forecasts, is likely to continue for a good few more.
I want to tell you about the rain because I do love it. I love its tenderness and the soft sounds it makes as it falls upon leaves and fronds and earth and concrete ground and brollies and window panes and my hair and face and leaves its drops on all of them. Yes, that sound is continuous as long as it is raining, varying only in intensity. I love the way the palm fronds quiver and dance as raindrops land on them, so delicately. And I love how green and nourished and satisfied the grass and trees and plants look, as if they've just had the most sumptuous and satisfying meal :)
Why is it that the rain makes us want to snuggle up in bed or on a comfortable sofa and get lost in a good book? Is it simply because we can't go out (or should I say prefer not to go out because we don't wish to get wet?). Or is there something more to it? Light rain has such a comforting, constant sound/ Well, it makes that sound when it comes into contact with things of and on the earth including roof tops and drainpipes.
When I was a teenager, I used to be too embarrassed to hold a brolly and walk in the rain. Actually, as a teenager, I was painfully embarrassed to do a lot of things, including being me. I'm talking about my late teens here and early twenties. Oh, the pain! I cannot say that I've lost all that shyness altogether but I guess you could say I'm much better at concealing it. Actually, it would be truer to say that I've learned to focus on different things.
I remember I was at a party once and it was decided we each had to tell a story about ourselves (This was in my early twenty's). We were all sat in a circle, about eight of us, and I spent the entire eternity of those forty or so minutes dying countless deaths inside me. I was emotionally traumatized and my brain went into lock-down mode. I simply couldn't think of what to say other than "I can't do this".
Oh my god, it was hell. When it finally was my turn, I simply put my head down and shook it to indicate that I could not do it. Of course, this brought on a cascade of encouragement from the rest of the party which only made it worse for me. I had attracted more attention to myself (which was, for crying out loud, the exact opposite of what I wanted!). It would have been so much easier if I'd attempted to say something but I simply couldn't. It was truly a traumatic event.
When I was at university, just before a field trip to Wales, I found a note in my pigeon hole. It simply said "You are the most beautiful girl I've ever seen". A part of me felt thrilled but a much larger part of me went into panic mode and I was terrified and guilty at the same time. Can you believe that??? Guilty??? What on earth for, you must wonder. Because I had a boyfriend then whom I honestly didn't love but whom I'd pledged myself to (and ended up marrying and eventually divorcing some 15 years later). Yes, believe it.
I had no business being attractive to others. I must have believed that on some level. Actually, I'm certain I did. During the field trip, a guy came over to me and declared that he was totally attracted to me and wanted me to be his girlfriend. The 'worst' part was that he was someone I'd noticed at lectures and was soooooooo attracted to as well. He was good looking alright. Terribly good looking - Italian and English features and gorgeous skin. I'd naturally thought to myself that with his looks, he'd never give me a second look. (Besides, I was this sky, awkward girl who never showed or spoke her true feelings).
For goodness sake, it wasn't as if I was ugly. Quite the contrary. People would often pass me compliments from which I would recoil with embarrassment and guilt., Yes, the guilt was always there.
So, I never reciprocated his interest in me although god knows how badly I wanted to. My life would have certainly turned out differently had I. I can't say if it would have been better or worse but it would have been different.
Nothing like a bit of reminiscing on a rainy day, is there? :)
PS In case you're wondering (I very much doubt you are but I thought I'd explain anyway), I often find the title for my post after I've written the post :)