Let the rain kiss you

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops

Let the rain sing you a lullaby

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk

The rain makes running pools in the gutter

The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night

And I love the rain.

Langston Hughes

Not everyone feels the same as Hughes does about the rain. There are plenty of people who really detest the rain. But it’s always good to learn to love something, right? Here are a few ways to make the best out of the next rainstorm you have to face.

Cozy up

The universally-acclaimed best way to love a rainstorm is to make your environment diametrically opposed to the storm. Sit by the fire or a heater, grab your favorite pillow, and snuggle under a blanket. Make yourself a cup of hot tea or coffee, grab a book or turn on Netflix, and hunker down. If you have a special someone, cuddling in a rainstorm is super romantic. If you don’t have a special someone, hey, a cat makes a good cuddle buddy, too…sometimes.

You can also snuggle up on the front porch or deck, if you have one (and one that’s covered). Put a chair or bench safely against a wall, away from the exposed edges of the porch, so it won’t get wet. Snuggle up and watch the rain make puddles on the ground. Porch-sitting can be kind of thrilling, because every now and again you get a little splash!

Rain lovers often cite the pitter-pat sound of raindrops on the roof. If you’re in a building with a metal roof, this sound can be particularly lovely. The rumble of thunder can also be pretty soothing.

If you’re caught in the rain

Yes, okay, it’s easier to like the rain when you’re safely tucked away from it. But getting caught in the rain can be an adventure as well, if you have the right mindset and lack of danger. If you live in or are traveling to a place where it frequently rains, you will have hopefully remembered to pack a rain jacket or umbrella. First things first: make sure your valuables are covered. Get phones, cameras, and computers and well-wrapped and low in your bags as possible, or transfer the smaller items to raincoat pockets. If it’s a bad lightning storm or a cold winter rain, maybe take shelter. But if it’s not too cold, and not too dangerous, and if you’re stuck in it anyway, you may as well enjoy it! Listen to the patter of rain against the umbrella, stick out your tongue and catch a few drops, hum “Singin’ In the Rain” to yourself. It’s just a little shower!

Remember the good

At the very least, it helps to remember the good the rain is doing the earth. Unless it’s causing a flood, the rain is watering plants (hooray for your garden!), cleaning the air, and cooling everything off (which is why people are fond of summer rainstorms).

 

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