Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I awoke to an orchestra

Pin It The flash of light ignited against the other side of my closed eyelids; that’s probably what awoke me from a restful slumber. The low, guttural tones of thunder followed only moments behind it, chased by the rain. The glorious downpour smattered down upon rooftop in cascades of monsoon. It layered the sidewalks in shimmery wet, inviting worms to surface for schoolchildren to step on as they make their way to my classroom later this morning in this watery-shimmered world.

I moved through the house with lights off, attentive to the wondrous orchestra playing all around me—reverberating through the four walls and ceiling—and even permeating through the very earth below me.

Light flashed, bringing to life the images hanging on the walls of my home for a brief moment of time.

Exhilaration.

Windows were thrust open, and the sounds were fully welcomed into my world—or I into theirs. Above, the lights of the city reflected off of the dark, twisting clouds as a train whistle pierced the darkness from someplace off in the distance; a melancholy souvenir of places far away, and stages of summer I loathed, yet hunger to live again.

But for now, the rain continues to fall in its eternal drizzle from the skies above me, and the August rushing of wind hits the trees in my Olympic-sized backyard, adding to the ensemble which continues to acquire its musicians.

Like before, I am prepared to meet with a smile whatever challenge is here to greet me today,

Welcome, rain.

14 comments:

Gerb said...

Today is, indeed, a beautiful day. Isn't it wonderful to have thunder and lightning as your alarm clock?

Bring on the rain!

shoezimm said...

Wasn't it glorious this morning? Of course I am insanely jealous that you have that tin roof outside your bedroom window...I love the sound the rain makes when it beats down upon it. I woke early to flashes and rumblings and then had to venture out in the deluge as the wind set off one of the door alarms here at work. The sky was absolutely amazing... I say welcome rain!

Lydia said...

I love the sound of the rain but having it wake me up so early this morning will make for a sleepy day.

SO said...

I can handle the rain. I love the rain. I embrace the rain. The lightening. The thunder.

It's the snow and cold that can hold off for a while.

Mamma has spoken said...

Uhm, yea, guess you don't have a storm scared dog living at your house......

Corine said...

Sweet! I LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE :D I also love that it is rubbing off on me! ;D

Richard & Natalie said...

It was magnificent, wasn't it!?! I got to enjoy almost every minute of it since the wind blew open a door setting off our alarm. Scared me to death and filled my veins with adrenaline. It was worth every waking moment.

LauraB said...

Chancing upon another's ode to a rainy day, grinning from ear to ear as their words reflect your own enlivened rituals when awakened by heaven- it doesn't get much better than that... Perhaps a repeat come tomorrow.

Teachinfourth said...

G - A hearty "Amen!" goes out with your comment, Gerb.

S - The closer you are to the roof, the louder the sounds of the rain...glad you could enjoy it, too.

L - There was that; it was worth it.

S - I couldn't agree with you more on the snow being held off for a little while longer, perhaps a few more years?

B - To quote that Charlie Brown episode: "No dogs allowed..."

C - Glad only the attitude has rubbed off; well, that part of it anyhow. If I remember rightly, you were always pretty upbeat yourself...life hasn't changed that too much I hope.

N - That made me smile; okay, I laughed. It was funny, but mostly because it didn't happen to me. Glad you could enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature AND technology all at once.

L - Fingers crossed and hoping for a repeat performance.

summer said...

I like the word 'smattering'....it's a fun word to say and read. Thanks for putting it in - besides all the other really great words you used!

Corine said...

I am still a very upbeat person, (thank you:D) but I have my days... and on those days, your just happen to influence me into getting back to being upbeat again. :D - thanks again! :)

Teachinfourth said...

S - You make me laugh, Summer. I sure do miss our little 'donut tag' events now that you've moved on to the big city. I just might have to make a visit sometime.

C - Funny, I have people all around me who do the exact same thing for me when I am having 'one of those days.' Most of them are about ten years old...it's hard to stay frustrated when you have a bunch of great students (and a few pains for balance tossed in).

hintonrae said...

Amazing imagery, Jason.

Teachinfourth said...

L - If to read about it was great, you should have really been there. To have all of your senses working together was pure heaven.

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