Relating to the rain

How we relate to the rain tells us a lot about our relationships with the natural world. For the person to whom rain is simply an inconvenience, or a blight on those ‘nice summer days’ there’s a disconnection with the rest of life. Rain is essential for plants and for all wild creatures. What we too often call a nice summer is often in practice, a drought.

Rain can be a massive inconvenience if, like most of our ancestors, you dry your laundry outside. Long wet patches can cause all kinds of difficulties. However, air drying the laundry saves energy and means you don’t have to own as many white goods. So even as you’re feeling challenged by the rain, you have a relationship with it that is more involved.

Rain can be a real inconvenience if you walk or cycle for transport. Getting wet and cold isn’t always a good option. In summer, the rain can prove refreshing and pleasant and be nicer than walking on a hot, dry day.

Of course heavy rain isn’t usually a blessing. It washes away soil, batters plants and makes life difficult for many creatures. Many insects struggle with very wet conditions, owls can’t hunt so readily, everything gets soaked and younger and more delicate creatures won’t necessarily survive a prolonged period of downpour. The more damaged a landscape is, the more vulnerable it is to heavy rain causing massive problems.

If you have a more involved relationship with the natural world, you’ll notice when the rain is needed, and when there’s been too much for the life around you. You’ll notice different kinds of rain – from the soft showers that soak easily into the soil to the dramatic downpours that have destructive power. You’ll know whether rain comes as a relief or a threat.

The desire to control, or avoid weather is part of how we’ve got into this mess. We’ll have worse weather to deal with as a consequence of climate change. We can choose to push back harder – driving more, building more, trying to control the water even as it becomes more uncontrollable. Or we can learn to live with it, respect it, and act in ways that reduce our impact. The harder we try to control the presence of water in our lives, the less control we are likely to have over it.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

7 responses to “Relating to the rain

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  • lornasmithers

    The rain so needed the night before last and I’m looking forward to the next lot. And the thunder. I see it as a release from the unrelenting heat and guess lots of the other creatures do too… so long as they’re not washed out!

  • Christopher Blackwell

    Out here in the desert, we rarely believe in building a culvert across a gully, much less a bridge, so when it rains you are going to stay put for a while. because most every road dips down into the gully to cross it.

    Nor do desert towns believe in expensive storm drainage for the roads, so instead the same places good whenever we have a decent rain. Recent improvements has been putting in rock lined drainage ditches for the major parking lots, so that helps a bit in reducing flooding.

    I enjoy heavy rains much more than I used to, when flooding was problem on my property, and we kept up earth berms in front of both door ways, as our concrete slab floor is only six inches of above the ground.However finally a few years ago, I was able to afford to have a three foot diversion ditch dug up mountain from two of my buildings. Now I an enjoy even monsoon like rains that make the highway, only seventy feet from my windows disappear. But the problem is still the falling water table, and nothing is going to stop that. Droughts can last centuries out here. Several times the area has become unlivable for humans going back to the1200s under the Mimbre’s people, wiping them out, and for two hundred years under Spanish occupation. So we may well be the next people to be forced out with the newer climate change this time. After all we have over a hundred years of mining the aquasphere faster than nature replentishes it.

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