The relentless heat persisting, I’d been out a time or two by dawn’s early light for groceries, and daily in the wee-hours to water two lonely, thirsty plants (tomato and pepper). And I’d been fortunate to get to the chiropractor on the one day of her “early hours,” twelve till three. Wednesday noon found me face down on my favorite table. Like the plants, my parched body and spirit had been crying out for a long-awaited “watering.” A few more days of waiting remained till the weatherman’s promise might come true: rain and lower temps on the weekend.
Saturday evening, the long dry heat at last breaking and real rain waiting for just the right atmosphere to set it a’goin’, I eased outside to see what life out there might feel like and found the evening as much a gift from the gods as my Wednesday “watering” had been. Master of all I surveyed, I walked once ’round the yard, a few drops of sky-elixir patting my arms and face. On my second trip, the rain coming easy and soft,my ever-patient friend (the one with its ropey connection high up the mulberry) called out to me. Hanging there day after day, moon after moon, it meditates, I imagine, while waiting for me or the fickle wind to set it a’goin’. Sometimes, though, when I watch it from the office window, it seems to move gently all on its own.
“It’s been a while,” I said as I sat down on the wide lap of the tree swing. “You know I never forget you. But do you know how much more often I’d love to be here? If my arms and legs would let me, we’d be together all the time.”
And then I sang. We both did.
“I’m swingin’ in the rain, just swingin’ in the rain, what a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again! I walk down the lane with a happy refrain, I’m swingin’, just swingin’ in the rain.”
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