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Thursday, July 27, 2017

I Miss Dancing In The Rain

It's a gloomy, dreary, soon-to-be rainy day here in Pennsylvania, and I'm not terribly happy about that. I got comped a free night at a hotel near work for attending an event, and today was the big day. This place has the most amazing outdoor pool. We've been looking forward to it all week.

I've also been watching the weather all week and it was supposed to be overcast today, but not rain until tomorrow. One look at the sky and a follow up with the updated forecast shows thunderstorms off and on all day. There goes our pool time. The kids aren't going to be happy, and I'm definitely not happy.

So I was looking out the window, staring woefully at the gray sky, and suddenly a thread of a song ran through my head, and I'm singing,

"Now overcast days never turned me on . . . but something 'bout the clouds and her mixed . . ."

And I'm smiling. And I'm looking out at my deck and remembering so many summer days when they were younger, and it was rainy, and we all ran out onto the deck and danced and played in the rain together. Other moms kept the kids inside on rainy days, but I never did. As long as the temperature wasn't freezing, let 'em play in the rain! In summer we were barefoot and rocking swimsuits. In Spring and Fall it was raincoats and rainboots. But we danced. Oh, how we danced.

I miss my younger kids some days, and this is one of them. I'd give anything to have one more dance in the rain, holding hands and singing and spinning and laughing and stomping those puddles. I'd love to have it all again.

But hey, we had it. Lots of people never did.

I'm a lucky, lucky woman.

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