by Kathy Ruff
Today it’s raining — a heavy rain expected to dump over two inches on the area throughout the day. People may be griping, but I love it.
Since the creation of the Mauch Chunk Lake in the early 1970s, I’ve never seen it as low as it’s been this year. A release in late June to help the Delaware River and a 9-inch deficit in rainfall this summer has led to a changed environment at the other end of my usual outdoor excursion, at the start of the lake that’s fed by springs near Boat Launch B.
The rain continues its deluge, creating a sound like steak sizzling on the grill. Some may be depressed or irritated, but I can feel the energies of the natural world gulping in the drops. Imagine a hot summer day when you’re parched after some outdoor activity and drinking a cold glass of water. That’s how I feel the earth is reacting now.
Rain is a blessing in disguise, a cleanser and moisturizer for the natural world. What other irritants in your life might be a blessing in disguise?