I just walked into my office and noticed that it is raining. I didn’t realize it until I stepped into my office and looked out the window. My office has a wonderful view out into the neighborhood where we live. I was surprised to see the rain, because it rarely rains during the day in Davao. When it rains in Davao, it is usually at night, or in the very late afternoon.
I like the rain, I find it refreshing. The rain washes away the dust that is so common here. The leaves of the banana trees become clean and glistening instead of dusty and dingy. The smell of the air becomes fresh again. The heat dissipates, there is a bit of a chill in the air.
It’s funny, because rain is one of the reasons why I wanted to live here. I came from the Pacific Northwest of the United States where rain is an all day/everyday thing. That’s right, where I came here from, it rained basically 24/7 for about 9 months straight, with a 3 month respite from the rain in the summer months. I hated the rain, despised it. I was so happy to be away from the rain when I came here.
Now, though, rain takes a different meaning for me. Firstly, it is not a 24 hour affair. Here in the tropics when it rains it is usually for an hour or so, rarely more. It’s not every day either. It is refreshing rather than depressing. It’s a whole new rain now. And, I like it.
Yes, today is unusual in Davao. Daytime rain. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it calls for a different kind of day. I’m going to relax. Forget my troubles. Kick back and listen to the water fall on the roof. There is something peaceful about that.
Might as well savor it.