Let the children play in the rain

The clouds have burst and the skies are lavishing the earth with liquid sunshine!
And I see the glow of excitement in the little children’s eyes.
Their carefree souls ask no questions as they hurtle out direct into the gush of the universal waterfall.

They are enthralled and impulsive and begin to run around, anywhere,
everywhere.
Meek smiles of delight break into spasms of laughter and they squirm and squeal with glee.

Artlessly they toss back their heads and fascinated,
watch the tumbling downpour, feel the plopping of the drops upon their faces,
blinking,
then expectantly hanging out their tongues in the hope of catching one.

They slip and slide and skid and glide on the smooth grass.
They find puddles to barge and splash into, playfully squirting each other.
Soil turns to mud and soon they’re full of sludge, comparing who has the most.

Their hair drip and their clothes are soppy. Skin, bones and hearts get drenched, soaking up the blissfulness of heaven’s tears.

They are ever present, spellbound in that precious moment.

And they have fun, so much fun,
until weariness settles in and they opt for the warmth and shelter of the house.
Then, eagerly they prattle on of all their wondrous experiences and achievements as if the last fifteen minutes had been a life time.

Let the children play in the rain!
They will, at most,
if at all,
get a slight cold.

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Let the children play in the rain by 


Recently I have been asking myself what it is about the rain that fascinates us all, but especially children.
I have never seen a child not wanting to go out into the rain. Sometimes, however, they are not allowed to.

Comments

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    I love this because I love the rain..when I was a boy in Jamaica the rain was a blast until the thunder rolled around but I always enjoyed the rain and now as a man I enjoy it as well..very calming for me..

  • Thanks TTR. So glad you like it. I love the rain, too, find it soothing. It’s the time I love to go for walks. Just took a break in the rain. It’s pouring like mad and it’s heavenly. Kids clothes are wet, shoes still outside….

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    That really sounds delightful.

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 4 years ago

    I was smiling through all of this Ruth.
    I Love ‘liquid sunshine’ and ‘universal waterfall’!!!
    achoo! :D

  • cheers Lee – glad it made you smile :)

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • David Rozario
    David Rozarioover 4 years ago

    Ruthy excellent! it’s been such a long time since i’ve tasted rain! :)

  • Thanks a heap, Ro. We’ve had a bit here and in for alot more – storms, strong winds. Hopefully they’ll blow away the ash from the volcano in Iceland.

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • Plum
    Plumover 4 years ago

    This is delightful reading. I remember the feeling of swimming in our local pool as a child when it would occasionally rain. It was like Christmas had come. You’ve really captured the sense of play and wonder of being a child in the rain :>

  • Oh Plum, I wanted to mention the swimming in the rain, but just didn’t know how to fit it in in the verse. ‘It was like Christmas had come’ – you’ve summed that up well there.
    Thanks for the lovely comment.

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • Anthony R. Plastino III
    Anthony R. Pla...over 4 years ago

    Ahh the fun of playing in the rain. This definitely brings back that feeling for me. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve always thought of rain as “liquid sunshine” and feel most relaxed when it is raining… Awesome descriptive writing Ruth! Thank you…

  • Hi Anthony, thanks for the comment. Sunshine or liquid sunshine – I love both.

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 4 years ago

    Ruth, I love walking in the rain even today, it has become far more precious.
    Seeing children at play amongst nature, is simply wonderful to watch.
    A special poem Ruth :)
    sandra x

  • There’s just something so lifting about walking in the rain – that’s how I feel and yes, watching kids in the rain is heartening and really funny, too.

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • thanks!

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    These are times when I say, what happened to my youth.. what a great concept thought and execution Ruth.. this really got under my skin…
    Artlessly they toss back their heads and fascinated,
    watch the tumbling downpour, feel the plopping of the drops upon their faces,
    blinking,
    then expectantly hanging out their tongues in the hope of catching one.

    I could picture the entire scene.. that was me!! lolol
    really love this!

  • Linaji – smiling – simply smiling!!
    Glad you could go back to your youth for a bit of fun and excitement in the rain.
    Isn’t it wonderful??
    Ta for your lovely comment and for the fave :)

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    delightful well done ,let them play ,rain feels wonderful on the skin on a hot summer day !~!LIZ

  • thanks very much for commenting and for the fave – playing in the rain, or simply the rain on the skin on a hot summer day has something very special about it

    – RuthFroehlinger

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 3 years ago

    such a wonderful, memory provoking write ~ it brought back my days as a child and the love and adventure of being out in the rain…my mom used to give us a bar of soap in the summer and we’d find a good streaming waterfall from the gutters and play & maybe get a bit clean too :) Later as a mom, I enjoyed and played with my kids this way…and even still, with all now grown, I love the rain…every drop & loved your writing Ruth ~ thank you xx

  • Wow, Linda, I can just imagine this – isn’t is amazing what rain does to us?
    Thanks for the lovely comment and for telling about your childhood exp. in the rain.

    – RuthFroehlinger

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