It Rained Today...for the First Time Since May
It rained today, the first real rain since May, and I was outside in a flash. After a summer of relentless heat and worse, relentless fire, that gave Idaho the dubious honor of most acreage under flame in the U.S. With the fires came the smoke that settled in our valley for weeks on end and refused to go away. It got worse and gardeners didn't garden, runners didn't run, and cyclists didn't cycle...we were supposed to stay inside, if possible. Finally a fire broke out only a few miles away, and one of my closest friends and her husband were packed and ready to leave their home to the fire. But the temperatures dropped because of the opaque haze that hung over everything and gave use a strange, alien looking red sun, and finally today, it rained, just a soft rain, no downpour, but still a real rain, and I exulted in it...and so did the roses and the perennials, all the green things growing. I could feel it in the air, which finally smelled clean.