Rain, rain, go away;
Come again another day.
It’s easier to notice the rain when the world is quiet. Its tapping on the roof sounds softer with the rising sun behind it, hiding the bold colors of the rushing dawn. The rain. It dances ever so slowly now above my head, drowning the afterglow of city lights and Friday night traffic. I drove out tonight to pick me up a devilish hot fudge sundae with granulated nuts at the nearby McD. Windows down. Stars alight like glitter. The slick breeze smelling of crisp youth. It reminded me of long nights and the many incredulous things we as humans do in it. Fun times. Fun memories. Then the rain decided to come pay me a visit, and I just couldn’t help but write.
It’s been raining for days. Maybe even weeks. What’s best to do on a rainy day? Here’s my ultimate best ten to tickle your fancy. Enjoy!
10. Wear socks around the house.
What other reason would you have for wearing socks during 90 degree weather? Nothing. Just the rain. You take off your clothes but leave the knickers on. Keep the body cool, but always keep the feet warm. Wear toe socks if you have them. Your feet will love you.
9. Red wine tastes better when it’s raining.
There’s a science to this. I just don’t know it yet. I will tell you, though, that red wine is amazing at any time of the day, any day of the week, rain or shine. However, if your fine taste buds revoke the bittersweet, try it on a rainy day. You will feel warm and cozy in and out, and next thing you know, you’re parched for another bottle.
8. Share some soup.
Cook up a delectable homemade soup and lovingly share. My most recent soup endeavor was Chicken Tortilla Soup made solely because of the rain. It was a huge success to my fans, both toddler and grown man alike, and I’m really itching to make another. Piping hot wonton soup, maybe? Or some matzo ball soup?
7. Open up all the windows.
Yes. I know there are quite a few weirdos out there. But they can’t stand the rain when they’re acting all weird…so no, they won’t be standing outside your window peering in to see what soup you’re making today. In a literal sense, you’ll be opening up to the world and letting all the light shine in. There’s something serene and beautiful about rainfall. The way the raindrops race each other down the glass as if they’re alive for my entertainment is fascinating to me. The rain only wants to give you a show. So go ahead. Pull the curtains apart and enjoy!
6. Play some background music.
I was going to suggest a particular kind of music to play instead, when I realized that it doesn’t really matter. You can let any music lull you in the background long as you keep it there–in the background. The rain has its own tone and rhythm to share. Hear it out.
5. Go for a late-night drive through downtown.
The sounds of rain boots and stilettos accidentally stepping on puddles. Umbrellas of all sizes twirling in excitement. The traffic lights as seen through beads of water on the windshield. People happily oblivious to wetness since its late-night and we do many incredulous things at night. The shiny asphalt reflecting the downtown energy. Music blasting from the local club. Careless chatter about the rain and how its ruining everyone’s hairdos but who cares really since we’re all still alive despite of it all. The dangerous feel of slippery roads against rubber. You, rebel, you.
4. Go to the beach.
Watch as a raindrop carves itself onto sand, leaving it hollow and wanting. Watch the surface of the ocean go prickly as the rain disturbs its deep flatness. Enjoy the shore and its loneliness. More than likely, you will be alone here to marvel at all the water you’re encountering at the moment. Just make sure there’s no lightning.
I rank rainy day cliches in the top three because, you’ve got to admit, they’re cliches because they’re good. So by all means, cuddle up with that book. Fall asleep to that movie. Facebook it up all the way even de-friending if you want to. Go down with MySpace, if that’s how you roll. Or write a blog like I’m doing. Ha! Go update your diary. Snuggle with your comforter. The rain just makes all the cliches so much better to do.
1. Play footsies with your tongue.
Disclaimer: This action requires a partner.
Here it is. Get with it. Turn your romantic on. The best thing to do on a rainy day is………french kiss someone. With your socks on. After red wine and soup. With the windows open and music on. In the car while you drive through the city or at the beach while you share a big, red umbrella. While you watch a movie you’re not watching or just before you hit the hay. Play footsies with your tongue. Do it with raging passion and reckless wantonness. Fall in love again. There’s really nothing like it. Try it in the rain. You’ll see what I mean.
Have a safe weekend folks, wet or dry!