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Thursday, July 23, 2009


The clouds had been huddling/conferring throughout the afternoon. The air remained calm but grew incrementally dense and dim. One could feel portents in the hair on the arms and the nape of the neck.

I sat down at my desk to accomplish (hah!) a bit o’ work. All the doors and windows in my home were wide they’d been all week...
a week redolent of summer’s absolute perfection.

Thunder growled in the distance. Thunder boomed just a few steps from my welcoming door.

The rains came. The windows remained agape for (curiously) there was very little bombast from Aeolus as the clouds beat their breasts and doused the parched earth.

I could hear it all, feel it all, regale in the multi-media experience.

And then an aroma ascended from the earth. The perfume of humus and foliage welcoming the rain. It’s a familiar fragrance, every bit as magical as it was that first day, in my infancy, at my first wide-eyed primal, initial exhilarating inhalation.

I can’t describe it. I won’t even try.

It’s the aroma of life and joy and hope everlasting.

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Blogger secret agent woman said...

I love that. I'm a huge fan of the sesations that go with a storm - the electricty in th eair, the feel of rain on the way, the sweet earthy smell of it. Heaven.

Thu Jul 23, 09:28:00 PM  
Blogger Cheesy said...

MMM hummus.. Oh wait that was humas.. sorry!

Man we need some of that lovely rain here... I am tired of this 90+ weather. Will send it your way in a couple of days k?

Thu Jul 23, 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As it stormed by me yesterday, I took a glorious nap in the afternoon --- my bed just beneath my window. There's nothing so lovely to me as the music of the rain, the thunder.

Fri Jul 24, 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

I'm not surprised you love thunderstorms, Secret Agent Lady. Not surprised at all.

You just stop that, Queen Cheese!!! Seriously. It's muy hot and humid here today. Just stop, m'kay!?! Sheesh.

I'm with you on the whole"Rain Thing”, Ms. Hurricane.

Fri Jul 24, 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a smell is the essence of life itself. I love the sense of awakening that often accompanies it. Nothing like it!

Fri Jul 24, 08:43:00 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Afer living near Seattle for a few years, you either love the rain or hate it with a passion. I love it. I find standing in it calming. Well, maybe not during a thunderstorm.

Fri Jul 24, 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Ah! Thunderstorms... here on the Prairies, we have them often. Very dramatic, sometimes with screaming winds and pelting hail, but other times just the boom and rumble of the thunder with spectacular light shows dancing manicly through the burgeoning clouds.

When I lived in Vancouver, there was tons of rain but no thunderstorms... it just didn't seem right! I guess the prairie girl in me was wishing for a little drama with the precipitation.

The pungent earthiness that fills the air... the cleansing of the city air as the rain washes the urban odours away... even the scent of worms as they struggle out of the saturated soil to squirm across the sidewalks... all enliven me!

I'm with you on this, Jonas. A covered porch where you can sit outside but not get soaked (or zapped) is a must! Getting ionized as you experience Mother Nature in all her fine furiousity.

Fri Jul 24, 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Smiler said...

Yes. I’ll take a day like that over a "perfect" sunny day anytime. Given they only come once in a while, otherwise the charm is somewhat lost... But thunderstorms seem to bring everything so much more ALIVE. Everything seems that much more intense. Scents. Colours. Sounds. Emotions. That's when I feel most like I too am a child of the earth. A beautiful feeling.

Sun Jul 26, 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Smiler said...

p.s. btw, good thing you clued me in... I found your lovely card. Such a sweet gesture, and much appreciated. There's a response over in my corner too.

Sun Jul 26, 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

It's quite an amazing (and most powerful) aroma, Sister Selma! I think most humans/living things respond to the scents of the earth.

Funny thing, Jay: for all the talk of Seattle's rainy weather, the fact remains that Chicago experiences more days of rain than Seattle (I kid you not). The big difference is that the PNW has lots o' drizzly days whereas we have thunderstorms and blizzards. I kinda like my precipitation crazy.

The other funny thing is that I've been to Seattle quite often in the past (for professional and personal reasons). The weather, more often than not, has been spectacular.

Beautifully expressed thoughts, Ponita! I'm with you on the whole "drama" thing (although there's much to be said for a gentle summer's rain). I love thunderstorms (they scared the bejeezus outta my mom). I even felt the effect of lightning, once. Mysterioso spendifico!

I LOVE being ionized!!!

Yes, Smiler, thunderstorms are most certainly welcomed (by this pilgrim, at least). Funny thing, we've had "boomer" storms practically every night this week. Waaaaaay cool!

I'm delighted I could make you smile, Smiler!

Sun Jul 26, 01:01:00 AM  

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