There has been a soft rain falling off and on since last night, and as I walk to work under the heavily overcast skies this morning everything is glistening luminous under the dim light; the pavement a wet black canvas painted here and there with splashes of colour reflecting the city pulsing above it.

Earlier, I lay in bed watching the sky through a gap in the curtain, thinking I was as reluctant to come to wakefulness as that sky was.  Last night’s rain capped a gorgeous, warm and sunshiny Sunday – that kind of weekend day you look upon as a gift at any time of year, but particularly this one.  The day was gentle; I walked and shopped and puttered around my home, and later my table housed a big pot of vegetable barley soup and toasted rosemary bread and warm company and suddenly I find myself in deep autumn with not a little pleasure. 

The slowed pace amidst the low clouds and glistening streets extends that autumnal comfort even on a Monday morning.  Once upon a time when I was a driver on the highway trying to get to work in mornings like this, I would curse at the way even a soft rain like this would slow everything down.   Now I feel lucky to be able to find pleasure in the slowed pace of a city under a rain.  It wasn’t all contentment – I wanted to walk right past my office and spend the morning in it. 

I’m not sure I’ll move so peacefully into winter, but who knows?  Maybe I just need to learn to carry with me in my mind the gentleness of a rainy morning.


  1. Little hat October 27, 2011

    I’m not very good at those lovely slow days. I always feel guilty or slack if I’m not pretending to be busy or purposeful. On the other hand i waste so much time some days just pottering around it’s unbelievable.

  2. Selma October 27, 2011

    This is really pretty – the gentleness of a rainy morning. I love it. Makes me feel all peaceful inside!

  3. Jennifer October 28, 2011

    I’m not sure what it says about me, but I’m pretty good at those slow days. In this case, maybe it was WANTING or NEEDING the slower day. Sometimes Steve, there is a lot of value in just pottering around. In my mind, anyway. And not feeling guilty about it. That’s my theory anyway!

  4. Jennifer October 28, 2011

    Thank you friend. It made me feel peaceful too. Rain does, usually.

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