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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


"If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops, oh what a rain it would be..."

When it rains, it pours.  Thankfully this weekend there was a brief moment of sunshine on Saturday, because for all day Sunday it was a wet, chilly mess here in NYC.   I found myself caught without an umbrella (again!) in a downpour Sunday morning, and it got me thinking about rain in general.  Prior to moving to New York I always took for granted the ease with which in Texas we easily navigate the rain- walking from building to car to garage and never really worrying we will get stuck without our umbrella stranded in the rain.  In New York, I've quickly learned it's better to ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS bring the umbrella because there is nothing worse than being stuck without your umbrella and still six blocks from home.  I always debate whether I should make a run for my apartment and arrive soaking wet resembling what I like to think of as a drowned rat when I get there, or suck it up and buy another cheapo umbrella from the man who appears without fail every single time it rains to sell them on the street (I've lost count of how many times I've ended up purchasing one of these gems!).

Rain.  It comes sporadically. Steady. Softly. Unexpectedly. But no matter what, it comes.  And what we do when it arrives, is entirely up to us. Isn't that how so many things in life are too? I know I certainly have plenty rainy days, ones that I often believe they are so dreadful all I want to do is stay in bed and avoid the day at all cost, when in reality, a little rain is needed in order to grow and bring new life, right?   It's best to put your wellies on, throw on that rain jacket, grab your umbrella, and get out there and take in the rain and be thankful for all rain brings both to our own lives as well as to the outdoors surrounding us .  Rain has also taught me that you can never take yourself or life too seriously, because there are always going to be obstacles in your way, you're always going to get caught without your umbrella and seeking a place to take cover, and the best thing to do is find comfort in knowing the rain will pass and learn to laugh at yourself, because life is far too short to let a little rain get you down. 
Since it is springtime, and that inevitably means rain showers, I had to share a few of my must-have rain essentials.   Do you have any rain boots? If you are in the market for new rain boots, I absolutely LOVE my Loeffler Randal taupe rain boots and would highly recommend them! What are your rain essentials?


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