They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Does that include rain? Is rain something to scowl at, or something to enjoy?
Rain! by Linda Ashman is a lovely book that shows us how a sunny disposition can brighten up the most dreary day. The story is told in contrasting viewpoints: an older gentleman who is terribly unhappy with the rain, having to wear galoshes, and an overcoat, navigate puddles, and tolerate people. All around him - any encounter with other people leaves them in a bad mood as well. On the other side is a young boy who sees the rain as a chance to wear his frog hat and his rubber boots, and splash in puddles. Everywhere he goes, he brightens the day. They eventually meet in a coffee shop and the young boy’s kindness helps the old man through his bad mood, and they end up enjoying each other’s company. It’s a charming story about the power of kindness and a smile.
My apologies of course to Morden and Miami listeners who had more than enough rain this spring.