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The Positive Side of Rain

by Tamara Martfeld

I have been spending the evening listening to the wonderful sound of the rain. It is very relaxing and soothing.

I live in an area of the country which has had a very dry winter. Near the beginning of March we were being told by the media that we needed 30 inches of rain in March just to reach normal rainfall levels. In spite of this, many of the people around me have been complaining about the much-needed rain. Even with an increasing need for the rain in order to provide water for the summer, these individuals do not see the positive sides of the rain.

As already mentioned, the sound of the rain is relaxing and soothing. It is a sound which helps many to fall to sleep. There are recordings of rain and thunderstorms for people to play as they meditate, relax, or lay in bed at night trying to sleep. When it rains you get the benefits without having to use battery or electricity!

The rain cleans the air. After it has been raining for a while go outside and take a deep breath. The smell of the rain in the air is clean and wonderful. Even in congested cities there is a positive difference between the smell of the air before a storm and after the storm.

The rain cleans the streets, sidewalks, and structures. Throughout the year these items accumulate dirt, pollens, bird droppings, and spills from various sources among other things. Washing these items down periodically reduces the effects of the stuff on them and, at least in the case of bird droppings on the street, helps improve the smell of the area. Without the rain there is an expense to clean these items, and in some cases, the cost is too high to justify cleaning.

If you are good at planning you can wash your car in the rain. Wait for the rain to get the car good and wet, then wipe it down with a sponge also wet from the rain. Then let the car sit in the rain long enough to get a good rinse. Take the car into the garage and dry it off. Voila! Free car wash – you don’t even have to pay for the water! (You do not need soap to wash a car. I have never used soap on my car.)

Rain is needed to fill the water channels below as well as above the surface of the ground. This water is needed for the survival of all living things. The water is used for drinking as well as watering the crops that feed us. No water, or not enough water, can mean reduced and/or lower quality crops. Reduced crops will likely mean higher prices, possibly on a lower quality item. Indirectly, adequate rain means more money in the pocket!

After a rain, especially in the morning sun, the earth is more vibrant. The colors are brighter and everything looks fresh. I don’t know if this is due to everything being cleaner or if a noticeable amount of additional sun is getting through without the pollution in the air, but the difference is definitely there. I notice this effect even when everything is dry, so I don’t think it is just the sun reflecting off the water.

One of my favorite quotes from Adeline Knapp is: “I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.”

In case you have not yet figured it out, I may as well tell you. I love rain. To me, “enough” rain is when it has rained to the point just prior to causing damage. I would like more people to enjoy it. In any case, one can do nothing about the rain, so you may as well enjoy it as well as all the other types of weather. As long as you are not in danger and needing to take action as a result of the danger, sit back, enjoy of all the positive aspects of the rain, and have a great day!