When was the last time you stopped to enjoy a rainstorm?
August is the rainy season in the White Mountains of Arizona. When you visit dry country like Arizona or New Mexico, you'll notice that residents pay close attention to the clouds. During the rainy season, people stand in the doorway of the bank, gather in the parking lot of the grocery store to talk about rain whenever clouds appear, congregate on the porches.
They debate the chance of rain where they're standing, compared to other locations.
They consider how far away the storms are and whether there will be enough rain left when the storms are nearby.
They sit on their porches and watch amazing lightning shows as the rain moves in.
Those who live in dry climates consider life with rain and rain memories to be precious. But even if you don't live in a desert area, you can get some of that vitamin N - Nature - with deliberate rain experiences in your garden.
What are your memories about rain?
- Standing in a downpour, face up, feeling raindrops on your face
- Walking through puddles, stomping to create big splashes
- Hearing the crashing thunder and huddling with the dog, yet peaking out the window at the storm
Jot down your memories about rain.
Where in your garden could you watch, feel, hear, taste, smell rain again?
Maybe it's time to trim an opening in the trees near the back porch to watch the clouds gather and loom. Or you can add a gentle dip in the patio paving that collects a bit of rainwater. The dip can hold just enough for you to splash right after a rain. Or place a rock shaped with a small basin on the porch railing. You can sit in your window seat and enjoy raindrops filling the tiny pool, then keep watch for butterflies doing their own version of puddle stomping as the sun reappears and the pool shrinks.
Wherever you are, as you experience the natural world, you re-connect with your life, your memories and become more deeply yourself. Elderyarding® is deliberate, intentional design to help create your journey with Nature. Second Summer can help you get there.
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