Monday, August 10, 2015

The Best Thing Ever

     Do you want to know what the best thing ever is? I'll tell you.


     It's running outside in your bare feet to take clothes down off the line before a rainstorm starts.


     The sky is pale and murky and it hasn't rained in weeks. You have that thrilling feeling of trying to get something done before something else happens. You want to get the clothes inside before they get wet, but at the same time you get all tingly with the dramatic thought of being caught in the middle of a downpour. The air smells sharp and heavy with moisture, and the wind blows stiffly at your hair and your clothes.

     You see raindrops appear on the floorboards of the deck as your bare feet run across to get inside. You hear thunder in the distance, deep and mellow and comforting. You see the treetops dancing, and you know they're as excited as you are. Then the rain starts, all at once.

     In a word, it's wonderful.

      It makes you grateful for clean laundry, grateful for clotheslines, grateful for rain, and grateful to be a live. That, friends, is the best thing ever.

27 comments:

  1. And you say you aren't a good writer.

    Eeeeeep, this is wonderful. You totally transported me into that feeling (which, you're absolutely right, IS sooooo cool), and I think that's a mark of the great writers:)

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  2. You do that too?!!! I agree with every word of this post!!! One time it was POURING rain and one of my sisters and I went and took a short bike ride in it. Of course we were completely soaked. But it was fun! One of those things to tell the grandchildren!!

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    1. There is something just completely thrilling about getting caught in a sudden rainstorm! Once my cousins and I were out for a bike ride on a perfectly sunny day, and then almost instantly the sky turned gray and it started raining and thundering. (The worst part was that we didn't quite know how to get back to my house...) But it was SO much fun. :-) Yep, I guess we all have those stories to tell the grandchildren!

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  3. Hehe, this made me giggle slightly. (In a good way.) :-) I love doing that too, especially since we haven't had steady rain for a very long time. I love the smell of rain, it's so fresh and lovely. Your description of it is very cleverly written. :-)
    Thanks for that post - it brightened up my morning!
    ~Miss Meg March

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    1. Rain is very fresh and lovely. :-) We hadn't had any in almost three weeks, so it was extra wonderful. Awww, you're welcome! That makes me happy. :-D

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    2. Oh, 3 weeks? We haven't had proper rain for 3 months! It can really be a worry sometimes, especially since we use tank water. But I suppose I can't complain as it is our winter and we don't get much during that. :-)
      Hehe, now that makes ME happy when you are happy. :-D
      ~Miss Meg March

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    3. Well, lo and behold, it's about to pour down in a thunderstorm right now! How exciting! Aww, there's no washing on the line.... *sniff* ;-)
      ~Miss Meg March

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  4. See? See?!!!? RAIN IS THE BEST THING EVER. :-D

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    1. Yes, alright Naomi, I see. :-) It gets tiring when you have rain every single day, but when you've been WAITING for it...yes, that's the best thing ever.

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  5. Yes! I love this feeling too! You've captured it so perfectly!! =D
    ~Evie

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    1. :-D We get some huuuuuuge storms here in Aus! and No Worries!

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  6. See that? You are a good writer. :-)

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  7. I love racing rainstorms! Some of my fondest memories are racing to bring the horses in before a thunderstorm unleashes. Or of standing outside until the last possible second and bolting across the yard for the front door--reaching it just before the rain dumps from the sky.

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  8. Oh, I can so feel it! Your description was spot on! That is an awesomely delicious feeling. We've never had a clothesline but I can totally imagine how it would be. That busy, hurried feeling to get inside before it rains. That sense of adventure. :) Ahh! Such a lovely post, Emma!

    ~Miss March

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    1. The clothesline has been a fixture in my life since childhood. :-) My favorite chore is hanging laundry out to dry, then taking it down when the sun sets. :-) Thank you, Miss March! I'm glad you thought it was lovely.

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  9. This is sooo beautiful!!! Your use of descriptive words....wow. I totally was there in the rainstorm. :)

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    1. Natalie, that's what I hoped for. :-) Thank you, friend!

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  10. How you described thinga with words is wonderful! I love rainy day though. :)

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  11. You are such a Good Writer. I felt like I was right there, which is AWESOME, because I absolutely love days like that :-)

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    1. Rosie, thank you so much! Seriously, that's the sweetest thing anyone could say to me. :-)

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  12. Mmhmm! It is a wonderful thing isn't it! I've never run out to get clothes, but I have run out before a storm to bring in doggies and chairs:)

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  13. We don't have a clothesline, so I haven't EXACTLY experienced this, but I do so love those special moments right before the rain. :)

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