Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weather or Not

As I cross the street to go grab a bite (bahn mi from the local shop a couple blocks away), my fellow pedestrians are beating a hasty retreat from the rapidly gathering storm clouds above.

The wind begins to pick up, and some stray drops spatter on my face, a herald of what's to come as the sky quickly darkens. I find myself clapping, applauding in anticipation of the rain, like an audience member cheering when the lights go down before the band hits the stage.

A woman hurrying to escape the approaching deluge catches me, and gives me a tight-lipped, forced smile, perhaps acknowledging that yes, nature is impressive in her strength and majesty, but damn if she isn't occasionally a bit inconvenient.

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