When I was a kid, it rained. Or it didn't. Unless there was a hurricane in the forecast, it wasn't something we gave much thought to.
If it was summer, there was often an afternoon thunderstorm. Sometimes it lasted the whole afternoon, most of the time it just came and went and we went back to what we were doing.
Now, especially if I hang out the clothes, I am watching the weather, via the internet, like a hawk. Unless there is absolutely no rain in the area (by that I mean from mid Texas to Alabama, and above Arkansas to the middle of the Gulf), I am checking the radar several times a day.
Checking, and fussing when it shows no rain in the area and I step out and it is drizzling. Fussing when there is rain according to the radar and I don't feel a drop.
Maybe I should take a hint from my childhood and go back to stepping outside, looking for clouds, and feeling for rain. And remembering that rain is not the enemy, even though it feels that way in this house.
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