Raining and Hiking with Thoreau

It’s been raining quite a bit this year. As of today, eleven of the twenty-two days this year have been raining, some storming; and they bring back great memories of a land far, far away. Hiking has been a little sporadic so far. However, I’ve encountered more green than all the winters I’ve lived here combined. And the hikes we’ve been on, though muddy, has been therapeutic, simply beautiful and peaceful in between showers, some during. From our vantage point on the balcony, life in California is getting the water it has needed for so long; and I’m reminded of the times in Mallapally countryside (in Kerala, India) at my grandfather’s house where days and nights in the middle of the monsoon season brought a peaceful respite from the chaotic pace of Indian cities, reminding me of words written by Thoreau.

“Some of my pleasantest hours were during the long rain storms in the spring or fall, which confined me to the house for the afternoon as well as the forenoon, soothed by their ceaseless roar and pelting; when an early twilight ushered in a long evening in which many thoughts had time to take root and unfold themselves.”

“…I was suddenly sensible of such sweet and beneficent society in Nature, in the very pattering of the drops, and in every sound and sight around my house, an infinite and unaccountable friendliness all at once like an atmosphere sustaining me, as made the fancied advantages of human neighborhood insignificant, and I have never thought of then since. Every little pine needle expanded and swelled with sympathy and befriended me. I was so distinctly made aware of the presence of something kindred to me, even in scenes which we are accustomed to call wild and dreary, and also that the nearest of blood to me and humanest was not a person nor a villager, that I thought no place could ever be strange to me again.”

I am home. And it is raining.

Fernwood Day Two 17

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