Saturday, August 2, 2008

Greatest Show on Earth

Check the clock.
It’s 3 p.m.
Check the weather.
It’s raining.
There’s not much these days we can count on, but the weather is reliable.
Every July afternoon the skies darken, the wind picks up, the deluge starts and we’re treated to nature’s sound and light show.
If you’re not out and about these afternoons — and apologies to those who get soaked — it is interesting.
Up North we just didn’t have dependable downpours. But here, in defiance of our moniker, “the Sunshine State,” nature plays its little joke and it rains on all our parades.
So I position my chair under the eaves and enjoy the drama. It’ll clear up and be sunny soon enough, but for now we’ve a show to watch.
And when the skies clear and lighten, and all that grows, as if on steroids, shoots up almost before our eyes, we’ve the encore — one of Southwest Florida’s glorious sunsets.
Best part. This atmospheric free-for-all is free for all.

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