Friends, I am a freak of nature. I like – no scratch that – LOVE rainy days. If you were to ask me if I’d prefer to wake up to a bright sunny day or a rainy day, there is not even a second of hesitation. If you asked me about my ideal day, it would be spent under cloudy skies. My heart skips a beat at the sight of an approaching rain storm. Given how it’s not socially normally to say “What a glorious day” when it’s raining cats and dogs, I’ve tended to keep my feelings to myself while waiting for society to become more tolerant of rain-lovers. Realizing recently that this will never happen, I’ve decided it’s just not worth faking excitement over sunny days or in pretending to curse the rain. I’m a rain lover, damnit, and I’m proud of it.
*This rant is brought to you courtesy of the 30+ degree Celsius weather (90+ Fahrenheit) currently overwhelming my non-air-conditioned house, but the sentiment is year round*
Maybe it would help if I explain some of the things I love about the rain.
I’m allergic to everything green
My family all suffers from hay fever, which is a fancy way of saying we’re allergic to trees, weeds, grasses and especially hay. Going outside to spend an afternoon on a nice sunny day requires not only self-medicating with allergy pills, but also avoiding touching the offending items and avoiding them touching my bare skin. It’s worst in the Spring and better in the Summer, but still not my cup of tea to spend the afternoon in the yard, in a park or enjoying nature.
This also translates into the fact that I have grown up appreciating the indoors. While I did play outside a lot, I was often coming home covered in a rash from running in the grass or with watery, itchy eyes from pollen flying around. Even when doing “outdoorsy” things like bicycling I prefer to do them indoors, hence my fondness for spinning class. I enjoy “gardening”, but in controlled environments such as cultivating my orchids in my living room without bugs, itchiness and tubs of sunscreen to battle UV rays.
I love the cool that comes with rain
I despise being hot. My nightmare scenarios all involve being stuck in a desert somewhere (and snakes). I like being cool and able to bundle up in sweaters and warm clothes, drinking hot beverages and sitting near warm fires. Rain, even on hot summer days, cools everything off by definition. Being hot to me means getting sticky, sweaty and most of all? Irritable. There is nothing more frustrating than being frustrated because of the heat.
I also hate the sausage fingers and toes that come from hot summer days – I don’t need nature to make me feel any fatter than I already do. There is something soothing and relaxing about rainfall that makes me feel more serene, act more calmly and I think be a nicer person.
I love rain gear
Hunter boots? Swoon. Bright yellow rainjackets? Yes, please. I live for the gear that comes with rainy days. This definitely stemmed from when I was a kid and I had this amazing pink raincoat with flower print flannel on the inside – with matching boots. I used to cross my fingers and wish upon a star that it would rain so that I could wear my beloved gear.
Grown up me doesn’t have a floral lined pink raincoat; but I do own crocodile Hunters, Michael Kors raincoats and Burberry umbrellas. I never did lose the intense deisre to wear them even on days when it’s sunny though as I have worn my boots on a day where there was rain in the forecast but that wound up being one of the hottest days of the year.
Rain is romantic
Who doesn’t remember the ending scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (My number one all time favorite rainy afternoon movie) with the kiss in the rain? There is something romantic about the rain – any romance movie worth its salt has a rain scene. I also love little rain vignettes such as this one from a Little Golden book I had as a kid.
After typing all this out and feeling all “I love rain hear me roar“, I figured there had to be more people out there. More of them, there were! I found people asking “Am I weird if I like rainy days?” on Yahoo! Answers with lots of answers telling them to embrace their rain love and another selling “I Love Rainy Days” t-shirts. I found perhaps Rainy Day people’s anthem, “Rainy Day People” and, shockingly, the Rain Appreciation Society. I found the “I Love Rain” fanpage on Facebook and more quotes about rain than I could shake an umbrella at.