It has been a soggy past week here on Happy Earth Farm. Funny thing is, nothing on the farm thinks that rain is a viable excuse for us to remain indoors. The animals have the nerve to want to be fed and tended to no matter what the weather. Coops have to be cleaned and repairs made, chicken pens have to be rotated and perimeter poultry fencing moved to fresh pasture, and produce needs to be harvested.
I find something powerful in working outdoors in the rain. I was out moving some fencing the other day and stopped for a few minutes to just take in the sounds, sights and sensations. It was as if I was in my own little world tucked into my rain gear. I noticed the sound of the raindrops hitting the hood of my coat and it sounded like when the rain taps lightly on the metal roof of the barn. The pasture becomes exceptionally quiet on rainy days because wildlife has tucked into the protection of the bordering forest. The only sound was the rain as it hit the top of my hood; so peaceful and calm. I watched the rain pool up on the forearm of my jacket, race down the slope and splash over the edge. I was mesmerized as raindrops cascaded over a particularly slender plant and marveled at the forced surrender as the green leaves slowly bent to the ground.
My face was wet and my eyelashes batted constantly in an attempt to keep my vision clear. I loved the way my wet face felt because every other inch of me was bone dry; the contrast was stark. I trudged through the pasture carrying a bucket of feed and smiled at the sound of my pants making a swishing noise. Who knew that being out in the rain could be this satisfying?
I feel fortunate that I get to experience Mother Nature daily and that I am able to give into her liberating sensation. So next time it rains, resist the temptation to hide out inside watching a marathon session of your favorite shows On Demand. Instead, dig out your rain gear and boots……leave the umbrella behind and walk in the peaceful, pure rain. It’s good for the soul.