Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rainy afternoon

My cable connection is down.  I called the cable service provider, even pretended to be pissed, but truth be told, I don't really mind.  It would save me from being a couch potato for a day.  So what to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon?  The first thing that came to mind was to take a nap.   My bed  beckons!

It made me smile and remember the time when a nap was the last thing on my mind.  As a child, I hated naps---the afternoon naps imposed by my mother were always met with much resistance.  I would invent a thousand and one reasons not to take a nap.  I felt that it interfered with the fun things I'd rather be doing.   Especially on rainy afternoons when all I wanted to do was to find a giant puddle to play in and dance in the rain.

My mother did not appreciate my idea of fun---she was probably thinking of the muddy laundry. Thank God for grandmothers! My grandmother, bless her benevolent soul, allowed us to play in the rain, would even point us to the downspout to take a shower.  My brothers and cousins played ball on the muddy trail and we would slide on wet grass using  a thick layer of banana trunk down to a small pond.

Sometimes, I would borrow my uncle's bike and ride around in the rain.  The constant rain falling down on me and the splashes from puddles and mud made the ride more exciting.  The muddier, the merrier.  And when nobody's looking, I would dance to My Sharona playing in my head.  

We would go home shivering, lips purple and fingers wrinkled from the cold.  Our lola would dry us off one by one with thick,  sun-scented towel and feed us with something warm like champorado or ginataan.  Ah, life's simple pleasures!

Do you remember the last time you danced in the rain?
Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.

Posted for Nostalgic Marveling

8 comments: said...

oh..great shot...special moment
nice day, dear
Grace Olsson

Baba said...

Hi Luna, thanks for your visit to my place today..I have never danced in the rain... something I must try, if there is no lighting..Baba

Ebie said...

I truly remember as kids, we would call our neighbors and play and dance in the rain! Barefoot pa! Ahhh, those were the days!

Verna Luga said...

my mom would always say rain is good for the hair ... glad she really let us dance in the rain... those days..really ... thanks for dropping by my entry. God bless you more dearie!

Chubskulit Rose said...

awww this definitely brings back childhood memories. I used to this to when I was a kid. You sounds like my daughter, she hates naps lol. I don't impose it though.

indicaspecies said...

Lovely post.
The last time I danced in the rain was last month - while I went on a brief holiday to India particularly to enjoy the rains. I also went on bike rides in the rains.

Unknown said...

I hated naps too. It seemed that taking a nap might mean missing out an adventure or a treat...My sister and I played in the soft summer rain many times. We played until we exhausted ourselves. It was wonderfully refreshing. The other day it was pouring when I left work and the parking lot was flooded. I walked to my car in the warm puddles. ahhh

Mel_Cole said...

Me, I remember the time that I went outside me and my siblings in 2008 just to enjoy the super rainy afternoon. Bagsak na bagsak talga ang ulan tsaka hindi umagas ang water pipe namin nuon so nag-take advantage kami maligo sa ulan, dala sabon at shampoo. hahaha. It was so much fun.

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