On My Heart

Catching Raindrops

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When it rains on your parade.

Try dancing in the rain.

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“Why am I smiling
And why do I sing?
Why does September 
Seem sunny as spring?
Why do I get up
Each morning and start?
Happy and head up 
With joy in my heart
Why is each new task
A trifle to do?
Because I am living
A life full of you.”

-Singing in the Rain (lyrics by Gene Kelly)

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John, his sister Heather, our son Nick, and a few friends joined up to play at a festival in a nearby community.

It rained. It rained a lot.

The streets were mostly empty.

The carnival shut down.

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But we were there…..

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Singing in the rain.

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Singing and Dancing in the rain….

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Catching rain drops….

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Grumpy about taking turns….

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Wet like little ducklings!!

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Because family is love. And love is family.

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“I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin’,
Singin’ in the rain”

-Gene Kelly

(and no Aiden wasn’t peeing)

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“Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter
Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade
Don’t tell me not to fly, I’ve simply got to
If someone takes a spill, it’s me and not you
Who told you you’re allowed to rain on my parade”

-Bob Merrill and Julie Styne (Sung by Barbara Streisand)

Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. I’ve learned a lot in the last few years about appreciating the moments.

Taking them in.

Enjoying every bit of it.

An older gentleman scowled at my dripping wet children, and gave me a disapproving look. I assume thinking that I was a negligent Momma.

He scowled at children that were full of joy and delight dancing through puddles and catching raindrops on their tongues.

I should have stopped and asked him to dance.

If life feels overwhelming. If it seems like things are constantly raining on your parade….

Sing.

Dance.

Catch a Raindrop.

And if it all just seems messy and muddy… well, READ THIS.

2 thoughts on “Catching Raindrops

  1. These are the moments your children will remember! Life is meant to live and embracing the spontaneous moments just adds to the joy of living. We are a spontaneous family and have gotten our share of scowls and we are “older” parents too boot! Our oldest shares moments that really stood out and you know what it was the spontaneous things that were the best memories of her childhood!

  2. You’d fit right in Oregon. 🙂 I ran 11 miles in a monsoon Saturday, and while out, I saw people mowing lawns, playing in puddles, biking and more. We Oregonians are hardy!

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