Just when earlier this year, I thought running with the Peeps in the Springtime Tallahassee 5k was so magical, there was something else I never considered.
The people in our neighborhood must think we must have lost our minds. After discovering the joy of walking in the rain, once it starts, we put on the foul weather gear and head out the door. Recently we took this newly acquired routine to a whole new level. Last Saturday, after the threat of severe weather passed, our oldest grandson Tyler asked if we could go for a walk in the rain. I looked at Morgan and thought, why not, there was no lightning but just heavy rain.
As we were putting on our waterproof gear, I could sense, Morgan wanted to add to our plan. She then called our daughter Jessica and asked her to bring her 5 year old Jillian to join us. It is one thing to go out with a teenager, but a five year old? The rain was coming down in buckets, but she got the needed approval.
We took off with the plan for Jessica to meet us, and drop off Jillian. As we started down the street, a few cars slowed down as they passed. Its funny but when you are out in the pouring down rain, some people who pass, just give you that look.
About a half mile into our walk, Jessica drove up with Jillian peering out the side window, uncertain of what she was getting into. After a few words of encouragement, she slowly opened the door making certain her little umbrella was not letting any drops of rain get on her. Slowly she eased out of the car and started off, stepping high and slow to keep her feet dry.
After a few moments, she started looking around at all the possibilities that a five year old can imagine. She asked if it was OK if she could splash in a puddle at the end of someone’s drive. We gave her the nod and she made a couple of small splashes. She again looked at us for assurance that she would not get in trouble. After we gave words of approval, she then started to splash higher and higher and the huge smile on her face grew and grew. Then she dropped the umbrella and started scampering with Tyler down the side of the street. It was really starting to rain hard and there were huge puddles forming in people’s yards. The harder it rained, the faster they ran. Off they went through the pools of water stomping, splashing and laughing. We all had a blast!
For most of my life, I was probably too uptight to let my guard down to just go out and have silly fun. I would have been worried about what other people would think; Why are these people letting their children out in the rain? What if my business clients saw me out in the rain? What will the neighbors think? As I have learned, it just doesn’t matter. They don’t care; in fact they just might want to join us.
Walking and running with the children in the rain is truly magic. Its amazing that something so simple can bring so much joy. This is really living life. This could have never happened, if we were not out for a walk. Now go grab a friend, family member or go solo. Bring back the magic of being a kid and go for a walk in the rain.