We’ve enjoyed the presence of rain in many of south Louisiana’s recent summer afternoons, although we know the showers can be bad news for summer ball games, picnics and outdoor swims. We don’t wish high winds on anyone, of course, and powerful thunderstorms aren’t our cup of tea. But a nice rain in the afternoon is a plus for local gardens, and even more welcome, perhaps, for area farmers.
We’ve lived through enough summer droughts to realize that rain, when it arrives regularly, can be taken for granted much too easily.
A little rain can take the edge off of our notoriously hot summers, another reason to smile when the clouds darken and unleash their moisture from the sky.
Let’s remember, too, that a weekend shower is a good excuse to delay mowing the lawn, and perhaps just sit on the porch instead, surveying the yard as it’s drenched more efficiently than any garden sprinkler could ever douse it.
We know, much to our chagrin, that all that rain will only help the grass grow all the higher. But we welcome the pause that rain provides in a summer that’s probably still much busier than it should be.