Day After a Good Rain
For a farmer, the day or two after a good earth-soaking rain is much like the moment or two after an orgasm – complete and total relaxation. All is well in the world. The mind and body are calmed like no other time or event can.
Such is a feeling I’m experiencing now after we received two inches of rain on our farm on May 10th. We were getting to the nitty-gritty, desperately needing a rain to make a crop. After the massive drought of 2011, Texas farmers are a little bit nervous before this rain came through. Some areas still need more. We’d all gladly welcome more. And it looks like the skies will bless us with more over the coming days.
It’s hard to explain to most people just how vital rainfall is not only to farmers and ranchers, but agriculture in general – the food chain, life as we know it. From the tiniest of microscopic organisms to bull elephants, from earthworms to humans, we all need rain in order to survive. I’ve often compared timely day-long rains in West Texas to a good dog you never have to train. They don’t come along very often. So, enjoy them while you have them.
Rain brings with it a sense of optimism. The energy heightens your senses, the soothing sounds puts a smile on your face. Flowers open wider. Animals are friskier. Plants perk up like grandparents when they see their grandchildren’s smiling faces.
Rain is like no other experience in Nature or life. And I gladly welcome more to this parched land around me. Thank you, rain clouds. Thanks for saving our asses for one more year. Thank you, thunderstorm, for waking us from our sleep. Thank you lightning for recharging our spirits with newfound energy.