Words are Gifts

Rainy, Sunny Day

The darkened sky on a sunny day.  This got us wondering what was happening. The sky had been clear earlier, during our morning assembly.

A few hours later, the dry season had turned into a wet one. I had not read or listened to the weather forecast. I rarely do, as the temperature during the dry season normally stays the same. 

It suddenly got very windy. When the weather changes in this way, many of us wish it was a weekend so we could laze at home. 

The students were getting excited and kept asking.

 “Ms.Juliette is it raining ?”

I decided to peek outside with two of them, to feed their curiosity. The wind was blowing and we could see and hear the branches on the trees swishing. There was a fresh smell of rain spreading around. We were convinced it would rain within the hour. When the rains come in March it spells the end of the dry season, so this is always welcome. The rainy season is much cooler and bearable.

It was almost lunch time, so the rains also meant, an indoor lunch and play, which is not really the best choice for my fourth graders. We complain about the heat, but the children would rather be outside playing. An opportunity to stay indoors is not an idea they look forward to.

When the rain turned up it was heavy and caused a mini-flood. Ch stood outside staring and talking about the moving water and I added it looked like a stream. 

At the end of the school day, the stream had dried up and it was just damp outside, the pavements were dry and the wind had ceased. We got our dry season back.


8 responses to “Rainy, Sunny Day”

  1. I lke the pace of your piece. it matches the anticipation of the change nature may bring, then does bring but then ends wondering if it is here to stay or just a teaser. Your post also makes me wonder WHERE you live. I live in VA where we have 4 seasons instead of wet/dry seasons. Thanks for posting and taking me to a different place today!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Sally. I live in Ghana, West Africa.


  2. Ah! I remember those sudden downpours and the way they would come and go. And especially the way they threw our students for a loop. 🙂 Thanks for this poetic piece.

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  3. clarejlandrigan Avatar

    Love how you set us up in setting – I could see, hear and feel the setting. I agree that the pace and rhythm of the piece added to the mood. I love how you slowed down, your students slowed down and I slowed down as your reader – to appreciate the beauty of nature.

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  4. I felt I was right there, could even smell the rain. Such a poetic piece.

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  5. You’ve built your world with your words by providing rich descriptions of how the seasons change, and what it looks like/sounds like/feels like, in your writing. It feels as though the rainy season is a true respite from the dryer season.

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  6. Ohhh that indoor recess. It gets us all. I suppose, yes, the rain is welcome though.

    Thank you so much for your rich imagery.

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  7. “We got our dry season back…” was a clever way to bring us back to the start. The moment you and a few students peeked outside was especially vivid. I could almost smell the rain too.

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I am am Elementary school teacher at an International IB School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. I write with groups of writers, such as Teach Write.


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