Today, it rained

Somehow, that doesn’t make headlines in the US, but when you live in the middle of a desert, the first rain of the season is always big news. On the Israel bulletin boards, on facebook, people are celebrating the rain. It occurred for the first time when I was in the supermarket. I heard people talking about rain, but when I looked outside, it was sunny and bright. As I headed for the bakery, the security guard at the bank, with whom I have a relationship that goes something like “Shabbat Shalom” and “Chag Sameach” [Good Sabbath” and “Happy Holiday”] told me “It rained!” I looked at the sky. I looked at the dry ground, and I said, “I don’t believe you.” He said, “Yes, really, only a for a minute or two, but it rained!”

I walked out to the open area where a book sale was in progress. No sign of rain.

I walked to the car. When I got in I saw the telltale signs of an early rain– muddy spots on the windshield. The first rains catch all of the dust that has been floating in the air (and into our sinuses and lungs) all spring and summer and deposit in on our cars.

I drove home and as I entered the house, the telephone rang, “It’s pouring!!!” one of my daughters exclaimed. I didn’t believe her. The sky looked bright. But then I looked out at the glass roof of our enclosed porch and there was indeed rain dripping across it.

But within a couple of minutes, the rain was once again gone. All that was left was (yes, you guessed right) the muddy remains on our glass roof.

Rain here is really thought of as a blessing and after two dry winters, we are ready to take whatever it entails to replenish our water supplies.

So to my friends and relatives in Israel, may you have many rainy days!

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  1. It even rained at night, when it thought no one was looking…

    The red rooftops also go from being grey to being red again and everything seems to look newer.

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