rain go away...
the Sun Worshippers
People have strange tastes. Accepted fact. There are the
regular people who love ice cream, cars, bananas, chocolate and
dogs, and then there are those others who love snakes, moths, lizards
and...of course, the weather.
we sane people love the sun. The bright scorching sun, nice warm
plenty of sunshine. The best tonic a doctor can ever prescribe,
to recent studies done by the (Sun Worshippers), the majority seem
to love the rain - what is the world coming to, you tend to think?
Though it may sound sad, it is true. There are an incredible amount
of sad people out there who love the rain!
As Ace of Base
once sang, Every time it rains, I fall to pieces. That's what this
discovery has done to us - it has made us fall to pieces. And you
want to know why?
hate the rain. Detest it. No question about it. Do we make ourselves
Sadly, most of the inhabitants of this planet don't seem to agree
with us. Here's what some of the people we spoke to, had to say.
(20), for instance. "I love heavy rains. Real heavy rain when
there is no thunder or lightning to be heard. Somehow, thunder ruins
the beauty of the rain. But I can't stand the drizzle. There is
nothing more awful than getting caught in a drizzle. But the best
part about rain is when it comes down all afternoon and then stops
in the evening. Then I can come out and see the last drops of rain,
and see the mist shimmering away from the mountains. There is nothing
more beautiful than that." Sounds very poetic, but not impressive.
"If I'm cosy in bed, I absolutely love it. But if I have to
go somewhere, then I don't really enjoy it. The rain has a cleansing
effect." (All the while we are wondering how mud and mud water
can have anything to do with a cleansing effect).
is no better. "Haven't you seen how beautiful it is to see
the little drops of water glistening on a blade of grass after the
rain? It is at times like these that I realise that the wonders
of nature, are plentiful."
But there was
one thing heartening about what she said - her dog hates the rain!
"Whenever we try to put her out in the mornings, after it has
rained, she hates it. She tip-toes, and it is quite funny, to see
her pondering her next move, with one foot up in the air. Then she
runs back inside, and looks at me as if to say "How dare you
subject me to this extreme form of torture!"
say, a countless number of people like the above loved the rain.
we are talking about a scenario with mud, bucketfuls of water which
can soak you up and probably give you pneumonia - and inconvenience.
It might be fun for us lucky ones with a roof over our heads, but
what about those people whose make-do homes could be destroyed with
one heavy shower, or whose houses get flooded for the slightest
rain. When we complain about this weather phenomenon, we are thinking
of all our fellow sisters and brothers as well.
we sound like irrational, hysterical human beings, let us make ourselves
clear. You see, it's not just the rain that we have a problem with.
There are the intricate little details that come with it, that we
hate. For instance;
and days of unending sunshine, (which we love!) a single day of
rain, can ruin it all. And you would have noticed that in this island,
the rain never stops with one day. So if it rains, you are doomed
for days. All your carefully laid plans for fun stuff go sailing
After it rains,
everything becomes damp. Your clothes get wet and muddy, your best
pair of white jeans is ruined thanks to the mud splattering you
get as you walk along the streets. Then you have to spend hours
scrubbing to get those stubborn stains off.
the last time you wanted to go shopping as soon as you got paid?
For once you come out of the office with a huge smile on your face,
and then be prepared; they strike. Flat, juicy drops of rain fall
from the sky. There go all your plans for the day.
And have you
ever realised how disgusting it can be to walk wearing sandals (as
we are supposed to do, living in a hot country), in the rain, or
even after the rain? The water slides in between your feet and then
the soles of your feet tend to get all moist and muddy. Really,
can there be anything more disgusting?
those rainy days, after a hard day's work, when you finally reach
that supreme bliss of bedtime, what do you find? A damp bed - how
can anyone enjoy the feeling of curling up under cold, damp sheets?
Look at the
weather around you now or during the past few weeks. What wouldn't
you give for a bright sunny day where you can go outside and sit
in the sun? On the contrary, what does the rain do? It only ends
up ruining your days of fun, and does nothing for your health. It'll
probably give you a runny nose. And if your idea of fun is to sit
at home, while the rain drops fall and fall and fall, we have nothing
more to say.
consideration, we have come to the conclusion that there are a few
exceptions to all those negativities of the rain. Yes, we do agree
that after a shower, the rain drops glistening on the blades of
grass are quite beautiful. (But then again, morning dewdrops on
blades of grass during dry weather too, have the same effect).
We also agree
that the earthy smell that rises from the ground during rain that
follows a long period of dry weather, is indeed one of the most
satisfying of its kind. So there you go, we aren't being irrational
So to the verdict:
how many really hate the rain? Well, to be honest, it came down
to three; the two of us and a very rational dog. Sad but unfortunately
true. All we ask for is a little sunshine in our lives.