April Showers · 21 April 2013

Photo by Lisa C. Miyoshi

The riddle asks: “If April showers bring may flowers, what do May flowers bring?” The answer is, of course, “Pilgrims.” I do not know if anybody has said it before, but in this area of the country, if we get many more showers we might need a bigger boat than the Mayflower. Like an ark.

Not that I am complaining. After all, I choose to live in the Pacific Northwest. It is beautiful here. In part because of the luscious foliage, which is of course so luscious because of all the rain.

I guess I am just complaining a bit because I happen to be outdoors every day coaching in the weather and it would be nice if we had a bit more sunshine than rain fall. It would be nice for the athletes to get to do their events with a little more warmth.

Last weekend, we were at a track and field (T&F) meet where it was cold and not too wet. Except during one stretch of the meet where the rain poured down and soaked all who were not under some sort of cover. It was like the clouds opened up and dumped all their water out at one time to soak us all. It was amazing.

Rain is amazing in and of itself, but last weekend, we also got a thunderstorm. (Thankfully, not at the T&F meet.) It was awesome! One lightning bolt was so close that it was still getting brighter as I started to hear the thunder. The dog did not stop barking for almost half an hour after that thunder clap. Apparently, she does not appreciate the beauty of lightning flashes or their accompanying crashing thunder.

Photo by Lisa C. Miyoshi

In some ways, it would be nice to be able to truly complain about the weather instead of just carping about it a little and being amazed at its wonder. I suppose it could be cathartic to yell at God for something as trivial as the weather over which we have absolutely no control. Unfortunately, I cannot do that. I find that each day brings something new and exciting. Sometimes even just a little exciting like the weather. Sometimes even exciting enough to write about.

Which brings me back to the rain. It really is not that exciting. Certainly not exciting enough to write this many paragraphs on. And while it may seem like it has rained for more than forty days and forty nights, we certainly do not need an ark.

Speaking of arks. (Even though I do not do jokes or riddles, I will tell one now.) How many animals were there on Moses’s ark? Give up? Cannot add that many twos? Of course, the answer is obvious. Zero. Moses did not have an ark. It was Noah. And if the April showers keep showering, we might need his big boat instead of the Mayflower.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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