Early Morning Rain

Jim and Molly Walking in the Rain, Glendale, California, 2009

Jim and Molly Walking in the Rain, Glendale, California, 2009

I woke up at 4 a.m. today to a noise – a strange and haunting noise and vaguely familiar. A noise that when my foggy brain finally cleared, I recognized. A noise that made me happy as a child hearing reindeer hoofs clattering on the roof.

I jumped out of bed, flung open the casement windows and breathed in the clean air thanks to rain, glorious rain.

Rain in drought-plagued southern California!  Almost two inches fell in Glendale this morning and it’s big news here. It’s not the end of the drought but an encouraging sign and one we welcome with open umbrellas.

I got out of bed, turned off the sprinklers (it’s Tuesday, one of the only two days we can run sprinklers in Glendale) … and let the rain on the roof lull me back to sleep.

Let’s hope more rain is headed our way this year.  In the meantime, I’m as joyful as Gene Kelly In “Singin’ in the Rain”,  so here goes…

I´m singin´ in the rain, Just singin´ in the rain,

What a glorious feeling,  And I´m happy again.


I´m laughing at clouds, So dark, up above,

The sun’s in my heart,  And I´m ready for love.


Let the stormy clouds chase,  Everyone from the place,

Come on with the rain, I have a smile on my face.

I´ll walk down the lane,  With a happy refrain

Just singin’, singin’ in the rain.


Dancing in the rain.

I’m happy again. I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain. Dancin’ and singin’ in the rain.

14 thoughts on “Early Morning Rain

  1. Great writing, Susan.
    It captured our feelings exactly. We got up and went to the back patio to listen to and smell the rain. What a wonderful blessing.

  2. I saw your rainstorm on the evening news! So happy for you. I was singing along with your post. And oh that photo. Jim and Molly in her raincoat. Instant smile.

  3. I love the sound of the rain! I was disappointed to find out that I slept through quite a downpour at 3 AM! I’m glad you were able to enjoy it. Love the pic of Jim and Molly and all the golden leaves. Let’s hope for more rain.

  4. I woke up several times waiting & waiting for the rain. I thought it was just another almost-rain. Then I got up & heard the putter-patter. Our ponds were full & our yard of freshly planted drought-tolerant, pet-friendly plants were as perky as your Singin in the Rain song!

  5. Your pic of Molly and Jim is totally priceless…and evokes some sad but loving memories. This morning, I opened all of the windows in the house — upstairs and downstairs — as wide as I could and also opened all of the doors that have screens. The cats sat by the open door screens with their heads looking at the ground, surprised by every drop. Then they looked up — trying to figure out where the drops come from, I guess. I have not been able to explain that to them yet.

    I love the lyrics to “Singing in the Rain.” Like another one of the comments, I sang along with the words. Thanks, Susan, for capturing and sharing a significant and hopeful moment in Southern CA’s recent “we’re drying up” time in history. We will pray that Northern CA will have a similar hopeful moment soon, very soon.

  6. I had the exact same joyous reaction. I’d turned off my sprinklers the night before so I could lie in bed, hug the dog and enjoy that delightly sound of rain on the roof at 4 AM. Thanks, Mother Nature. We needed that!!

  7. What a sweet photo of Jim and Molly! I enjoyed revisiting those lovely lyrics of “Singing
    in the Rain” and your delight in the rain storm that came your way. We got a sparse
    1/100th of an inch days ago on the Central Coast, but hoping for much, much more.

  8. I enjoy reading all your stories even though I don’t reply with comments. Yes, it’s great to hear the rain. It gives all the greenery a facelift and people a mood lift!

  9. Yes Susan, we too/two enjoyed the rain in Glendale last night as well. Ah sometimes Bev and I dream of living in a rain forest. Although we enjoy our stays in Hawaii, we live on the dry side of Ohau. Makaha!

  10. First, Jim, so cute, and Molly in her cloak, oh my! What beautiful leaves from your Sycamore trees! I too woke in the night and opened our kitchen door and stood breathing in refreshment. I felt personally blessed! And then I thanked the heavens for releasing us temporarily at least, from relentless dry and brown drought. Thanks for letting us celebrate with you with our own memories and tales.

  11. I am happy that y’all received some much-needed rain. Let’s hope you get a soft, gentle rain for many hours that the ground can absorb and have a delicious drink. Thanks for sharing the words to “Singin’ In The Rain.” I pictured scenes from the movie with a smile on my face. Sure enjoyed the picture of Molly in her rain coat. Bridget

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  13. Nothing like rain in your area. Smells seasonally appropriate when it rains. It might be time to get out the mulling spices and apple cider to make the house smell heavenly.

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