Nice try, rain clouds. You almost made it!

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Instead of going about their business and bringing rain to this parched island, most clouds this morning took turns playing "Guess what shape I look like?" Very disappointed in them.
Instead of going about their business and bringing rain to this parched island, most clouds this morning took turns playing “Guess what shape I look like?” Very disappointed in them.

This morning it tried so hard to rain. The clouds gathered on the horizon and put on their best gray colors for the march westward toward our shore.

Unfortunately, the wind’s heart just wasn’t into it.

Oh, a few gusts rose to the occasion and a very few clouds made it to drop sprinkles here and there.

Clouds can seem like cats at times -- very dificult to organize around a single purpose, like bringing rain. Some clearly wanted to today but the winds didn't cooperate at all.
Clouds can seem like cats at times — very dificult to organize around a single purpose, like bringing rain. Some clearly wanted to today but the winds didn’t cooperate at all.

“Really?” I said rhetorically, “All that effort for a little spritz?”

Most seemed to forget how to rain or were reluctant to let go. They looked a bit sheepish. No, really. If you peered closely at the clouds they looked like sheep jumping a fence.

Then they morphed into something else quite again. Whatever it was, it wasn’t their original purpose, which was to be dark gray rain clouds.

Clouds can be so child-like at times.

Perhaps the clear lack of motivation on the part of the wind put the clouds in an uncooperative mood. And it was a rather surely mood there in the back row, I might add.

They rumbled and grumbled in the distance and skirted the island all-together and instead headed for the mainland where other, more-seasoned and serious-minded, rain clouds awaited their arrival.

As you can see, by noon only the most frivolous and fluffy clouds were left on the horizon. Any clouds with serious intentions of rain had long ago departed for the mainland.
As you can see, by noon today only the most frivolous and fluffy clouds were left on the horizon. Any clouds with serious intentions of rain had long ago departed for the mainland.

We’re back to still air and widely scattered, very embarrassed-looking, clouds with hardly a thimbleful of spare moisture inside them.

I chalk it up to lack of practice.

But soon enough these clouds will remember how to discharge their cargo. The wind will remember how much fun it once was to push sodden clouds from east to west.

Together, they will reunite and go about their business with renewed determination.

And it will rain.

And our cisterns and wells will fill to overflowing.

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8 thoughts on “Nice try, rain clouds. You almost made it!

    Pilates by Rose said:
    August 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Nice Bobby, love that positive thinking. What may help is a rain dance…..you lead.

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    Miranda said:
    August 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I am coming down for three weeks in
    Sept., and have several family members dropping in to visit during that time. Two of them are serious divers. So if you want to do that voodoo that you do, to bring on the rain, please do it, and get it over with by Sept. 8, okay?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Ha! Miranda, I predict that by Sept. 8 there will be an almost daily rain shower– brief and refreshing and often in the middle of the night. At least, that is what i remember from our first visit here exactly one year ago.
      Definitely will not interfere with diving!

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    Karen Kelly said:
    August 29, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Beautifully written. I look forward to all of your blogs. Tom enjoys them too!

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 29, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Thanks, Karen. You are very kind. We’re excited for your visit here! Our best to you and Tom.

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    Peter. said:
    August 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Robert,do you have a Face Book Page ? Or e-mail? You answer me on my e-mail.

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    Susan said:
    August 31, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Hi Robert, We were down there for the first time last week! Loved it will be back sooner rather than later and yes, a couple of days we thought it would rain and only one day it even make a half hearted attempt. Can’t wait to come back and maybe for good! In the meantime, keep posting…you are our life line there!

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