29 March 2010

a walk in the rain

there's an odd sense of contentment when you're under an umbrella in the rain. like a movable roof over your head, the umbrella holds off the elements, sheltering you from the relentless drizzle. inside you stay wide-eyed and dry as all outside drips and drops and becomes soggy with rain.

as i walk, i think: the little girl should have an umbrella. something tiny and sun-yellow. even though she's still small, i want her to feel this power over the weather, this snug-and-dry content feeling of walking through the rain.

40 comments:

Californian said...

Walking in the rain is with an umbrella is common sight in many countries. When it rains the roads are packed with different colorful umbrellas.

A cup of tea or chai said...

Warm tea in rainy season is something extra-ordinary

Naturedigital said...

Nice walk in the rain Chris..
Have a nice day.. Costas

Haley said...

I'm new to your blog, and I already love it! Your pictures and words are so amazing because they force people to really THINK and reflect about life...

LamZ said...

I came here through Blogs of Note and I'm glad I did! You see the world very beautifully. :)

CAM said...

Oh but doesn't it feel like the biggest betrayal when it pops inside out and drags you around the place? :)

Blake Gilbert said...

Thanks for the imagery.

rainbow said...

i love the rains but with all due respect to your posting with the child. the beauty of nature is when you surrender to it and be one with.

K9friend said...

Rain can certainly be soothing. Fun, too. Remember Gene Kelly dancing in the rain?

Hence72 said...

excellent work

Anonymous said...

So, I'm imagining how you must have tucked the umbrella handle under your chin or in your armpit so that your hands were free to snap the photo. Amusing image!
Nancy

Linda Chapman said...

I always look forward to your postings! Beautiful....as always!

Monica said...

I don't own an umbrella. I much prefer to let the rain fall down on me. I think there is something equally wonderful in that sensation.

Relax A Little Bit said...

The little girl here loves having her own umbrella. She'll be five soon. I enjoy your blog and look forward to it every evening.

Suz said...

I love it. Such a good description. I almost felt the mist on my face.

Velveteen Rabbit said...

Its one of those delicious smug moments isnt it :) like when you draw the curtains on a cold bleak night

RMb said...

hehe, this is an adorable sentiment. very cute post! :)

Autumn said...

I love the serenity sound of rain, especially when I'm sitting in my truck. It sounds like rain drops on a tin roof. My niece and nephew enjoy wearing their rainboot's in the rain. Being able to walk through puddles and not getting their feet wet is an extreme joy for them. I look forward to your next post.
Warm Hugs, Autumn

middle child said...

Love the part about the little girl.

Matt Gannon said...

This is very true. I have always felt this way when using an umbrella. It makes me feel invincible. great post.

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FabuLeslie said...

Ahh. I love the image of the big sky with lots of misty rain in contrast to the little sunny yellow umbrella. :)

So happy spring has sprung!

Angie said...

I love seeing little kids with brightly colored umbrellas and matching rain boots. Spring perfection.

Rose West said...

You know, I still can't figure out the proper way to use an umbrella. I still get wet. Maybe someone could teach a class on umbrella etiquette - that would be quite helpful.

Khmer Basket said...

That's awesome!

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Feeling Just Right said...

I like this post. The part about "having power over the weather" made me smile, a mile!

The Green Stone Woman said...

In the Netherlands we need our umbrellas lots of times, except when the wind blows them apart. There's nothing sadder than a broken and abandoned umbrella in the gutter.

The Unknowngnome said...

Yes, it's that great snuggly feeling and hearing the pitter-patter, kind of like being the Morton Salt Girl. :-)

Cher said...

an umbrella and wellies/rainboots to splash around the puddles in. Love it!

mgeek said...

And there is a strange pleasure of fulfillment when you put the umbrella down and allow the raindrops to wet your hair.

Let Go.

Colleen said...

I love umbrellas! :]

violetinsideme said...

When I was a little girl, even now, often actually, I feel that feeling you just described. That private, safe spot that surrounds you from the element which excites you and fills you with wonder. Something safe to hide from... the rain.
I have just started blogging and Yours is actually the first one I have read. Your appreciation and insight is refreshing and motivating.

LESAPEA MUSINGS said...

Congartulaions Chris,
I have awarded you the Sunshine Award,on my blog, because in my opinion you are awesome... not cheesy at all. Keep the insights coming.
Thank you for keeping it real. Take care and God bless.

N said...

This is a beautiful blog!

A Write Life said...

You say so much, with so few words. So nice.

Evelyn said...

I really liked this post, Chris. Have a great Easter. :)

Katheryn said...

I love your picture of the rain, it's really beautiful how it looks like sparks are bursting out of the ends of the umbrella.

Bazzarza said...

I love a good walk in the rain. It has a sort of cleansing feeling to it when you walk without an umbrella though. Kinda reminds me of when I was a kid and didn't mind getting wet right the way through.

Justin Johnson said...

Beautiful thoughts, beautifully worded. Thanks for the inspiration.

Achilles said...

Beautiful blend of photography and words...