RDP Tuesday: Rain
Old English regn “rain,” from Proto-Germanic *regna- (source also of Old Saxon regan, Old Frisian rein, Middle Dutch reghen, Dutch regen, German regen, Old Norse regn, Gothic rign “rain”), with no certain cognates outside Germanic, unless it is from a presumed PIE *reg- “moist, wet,” which may be the source of Latin rigare “to wet, moisten”
We need rain to sustain life on this beautiful gem of a planet. I love the pictures taken from space that show how different our earth is from every other planet.
What makes us unique? Water. Lots and lots of water. I can’t remember the exact figures, but I seem to remember that over 70% of our planet is water.
And of course, if you know about the water cycle, it’s all that water that creates clouds, rain, and more water. I know, that’s not a scientific explanation, but then I’m not a scientist 🙂
We’ve had lots of rain here in my corner of Pennsylvania this year. Way, way over normal. Lots of flooding of creeks and rivers, ponds where there used to be fields. Potholes you could fish in, as in this iconic photo.
If the trend continues, we could have a whole lot of snow this winter, which presents a different set of challenges. We’ll see. I don’t look forward to dealing with the wet, slippery snow we get out here. It’s very different from the drier, crunchier stuff I remember from Minnesota, and makes for dangerous driving.
But really, I love the rain. Rainy days don’t make me feel gloomy. They’re refreshing, a relief from heat and humidity, and a good excuse not to have to water the grass and flowers. Abundance of rain. Showers of blessing. A gift no other planet has.