“Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day”
It’s safe to assume that an adult wrote those words. Granted, kids tend to have a love/hate relation with rainy days, mostly because they aren’t allowed to do what they desire – to run gleefully through a downpour, stomping puddles and splashing all who dare stand too close. Everything is slippery, mud is plentiful and clothes are expendable. If only they could get their parents to agree.
Parents, however, fearing outbreaks of influenza and mud tracked through the house, usually put a quick damper on the idea of playing in the rain. Likewise with schoolteachers – who (probably for liability reasons) would make classrooms of kids stay indoors when the skies began to darken. Granted, there were also a few perks to rainy days. Instead of running track, for example, you might play indoor kickball instead. And surely no concerned parent was going to make you walk all the way to school and back in such dreary weather.
Of course, one aspect of rainstorms that few of enjoyed as youngsters was when they were accompanied by a grand display of lightning and thunder, especially at night. Sure, our parents tried to reason with us, explaining the forces of nature and teaching us to count the seconds between the flash of light and the boom of thunder. If the time increased, the scary storm was moving away and we could rest easy. This method could backfire, however, as any fan of the film Poltergeist can attest, should the storm actually be moving closer. Many a kid spent a stormy night in fear, covers pulled tightly over their head, praying for sunlight and hoping that they didn’t get eaten by the menacing tree outside their bedroom window in the meantime.
When all was said and done, a rainy day was often more of an inconvenience than anything else, but given a few moments of time to actually get our feet wet, it could also be a heck of a lot of fun. Just be sure to wear a jacket or you’ll catch a cold!
Did you look forward to rainy days as a kid, or did they (pardon us) rain on your parade? How about when thunder and lightning were involved? Were you curled up under the covers chanting “one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand,” etc. or did you rather enjoy the light show? Share all of your childhood memories of rainy days with us in our comments section. Just be sure to wear a jacket or you’ll catch a cold!