Grateful for the Rain

I stopped to photograph this scene, in someone's front yard, on my way to the hospital to visit my wife this morning.
I stopped to photograph this scene, in someone’s front yard, on my way to the hospital to visit my wife this morning.

We are all aware that the West, particularly California, is in the grip of a dangerous drought. I won’t go into a tear about climate change and its deniers, because the facts speak for themselves. I will say, though, that Oklahoma has been suffering drought for nearly as long and nearly as damaging as the West, and that this spring has brought wonderful, drenching rains.

I arrived at home tonight to find that our rain gauge was completely full.
I arrived at home tonight to find that our rain gauge was completely full.

I am nothing but grateful for them. I don’t care how much it has screwed up my schedule or that I get soaked walking to my car. I don’t mind that I can’t mow until next week and it will be a jungle. I am just glad that the land is getting the rain it needs.

I was also thinking recently about the way Americans, particularly 21st century parents, seem inclined to dilute competitive spirit in the name of “self-esteem” of their children (the “everybody did great, you’re all winners” mentality), and my seminal thought on this was that self-esteem can’t be given to a child at all, since it comes from the self, but that it can be achieved through accomplishment.

Abby is still in the hospital, and while I am frustrated at the achingly slow pace of her recovery, I am relieved that she is showing signs in the right direction. Her sister Gail, Gail’s daughter Amber, and Amber’s daughter Teddy came to visit today, for which Abby and I were very grateful.

A street light stands vigil against a gloomy sky at midday today.
A street light stands vigil against a gloomy sky at midday today.
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