anonyrrie: Saturation Point

Friday, October 14, 2005

Saturation Point

The word rain can best be described as:

a. Water condensed from atmospheric vapor and falling in drops.
b. A fall of such water; a rainstorm.
c. The descent of such water.
d. Rainy weather.
e. All of the above.

One of my favorite nighttime noises, when I was living in the well-traveled suburbs outside of Manhattan, was the sound of passing cars on wet pavement. It seemed so romantic, as if an entire story was encoded into the rthymn created by rubber and saturated asphalt. Where were these people going when most everyone else was asleep in bed? What necessary errand or personal quest sent them out into the dank night? Love, tragedy, an ice cream jones? It was a lullaby, the words of which would change with each season, more gentle and full of love in the spring and summer, almost terrifying in the colder months.

It has been raining here for days and days, making the season feel all wrong. Instead of the vibrance and energy that usually accompanies Autumn in New England, there is a bitter feeling of impending winter. It is only a matter of degrees before all this precipitation turns from rain to snow. Yesterday, the air filled with another sound, an almost metallic screeching, when hundreds of birds landed on our driveway and in our trees. It was surreal, and for several long moments I wondered if they were exhibiting the unusual behavior some animals show before a natural disaster. I tried to imagine what horror might be coming our way as I attempted to count the crowing, flapping black shapes that surrounded the house. After a while, on some signal I couldn't hear, they took to the sky and swooped back and forth as they fixed their flight formation. Our home was nothing more than a migratory rest stop.

So it continues to rain, and I feel cold to my bones. I huddled today under two comforters, dressed in fleece and overalls, dreaming of seasonless warm climes. Somehow, my motivation seems as frozen as my hands feel. I tell myself that my mood, my whole physiology, will change when the rain stops and the sun comes back. Until then I am thinking of of Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer in a Day." I hope I'm not locked in a closet or stuck behind a pile of papers when the sun does finally come out. I'm ready to play.


Blogger andrea said...

Play on! I hope you get at least a glimpse of sun this weekend, Carla. This would also work well for "cold" but I'm guessing you have something else on the go for that.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Rain is great when you haven't had any, but continuously it can be a downer... strange those birds stopping by like that!

Thanks for all the encouragement you've given me recently. If I could make the rain stop for you I would!

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

I know what you mean about the whoosh of car tyres on rain drenched tarmac. I also love the colours of reflected streetlights and car headlights on rainy nights with the occasional whoosh of a passing car and then the momentary pause of just the sound of falling rain. It is a very reassuring sound somehow. When we have extended dry spells I long for rain as much as the earth does, it’s like a long shower after a hard days work. The sound and smell of rain is also very relaxing and reassuring and I look forward to heavy rain. However it is one of those things that too much of brings on melancholia and listlessness after a while and that patch of blue in the sky is as welcome as the rain was in the first place.

I forget the artists name, but he is a pastel artist and produced a series of London theatre street scenes in the rain and the atmosphere and colours reflected in the rain drenched streets in the pastel paintings is wonderful.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I had a dream last night that I woke up and it was snowing. It was really strange because normally I love snow (more than anything) but it felt all wrong to me too. I'm just not ready for winter yet, our trees haven't even changed fully here, most of them are just hinting at it. I just want a few more weeks of wearing my green fall jacket and my matching green converse shoes before I have to pull out the winter gear.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

I've been on a deck job- working out in the rain on a building under construction. Blech.

9:16 PM  

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