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By Maggie Raye
The sun is such hot shit these days. Everyone’s racing to the beach to catch some rays or climbing mountains to get even closer to the sun or amping up on social media about getting out of work to celebrate, like, the most perfect sunny day #sunsoutgunsout #isworkoveryet #pooldreams.
But what happens when it rains? Complaining. Whining. Gallons of haterade consumed in ignorance of the simple elegance, the peaceful magic, that is a rainy day. You might get excited about a thunderstorm, nature’s fireworks show, but you probably won’t do much but act like Eeyore when it rains all day. I know it may sound difficult to be the cheerleader of a weather known for ruining good hair days and inciting traffic accidents, but hear me out.
Have you ever noticed how green the world gets right before it rains? Have you ever opened your arms out like you’re Taylor Swift in a Taylor Swift Music Video and let the rain crash on you and your feelings? Have you ever noticed the intricate patterns that rain drops make on windows, or how libraries feel instantly more magical when it rains? Try it some time. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
So, in celebration of the most hated-on type of weather, here are eight quotes from smart people on the beauty of rain, the often-ignored and regularly misunderstood middle sister of sunshine and snow.
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
“Do not be angry with the rain. It simply does not know how to fall upwards.”
– Vladimir Nabokov
“Look at the rain long enough, with no thoughts in your head, and you gradually feel your body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality. Rain has the power to hypnotize.”
– Haruki Murakami
“Kiss me with rain on your eyelashes, come on, let us sway together, under the trees, and to hell with thunder.”
― Edwin Morgan
“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy.”
– Paulo Coelho
“Winnie watched the sky slide into blackness over the wood outside her window. There was not the least hint of a breeze to soften the heavy August night. And then, over the treetops, on the faraway horizon, there was a flash of white. Heat lightning. Again and again it throbbed, without a sound. It was like pain, she thought. And suddenly she longed for a thunderstorm.”
– Natalie Babbit
“The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.”
– Douglas Coupland
“The magic of purpose and of love in its purest form. Not televison love, with its glare and hollow and sequined glint; not sex and allure, all high shoes and high drama, everything both too small and in too much excess, but just love. Love like rain, like the smell of a tangerine, like a surprise found in your pocket.”
– Deb Caletti
“From where we stand the rain seems random. If we could stand somewhere else, we would see the order in it.”
– Tony Hillerman
Image: Riley Briggs