On Tuesday, we found ourselves unexpectedly in the middle of a rainstorm with 40 mile/hour winds. We had planned to go to the park for the afternoon, but on the drive over, it started to sprinkle a little.
Change of plans! Instead of the park, I suggested that we visit the new library by the beach, since it looked like rain.
Well, the road to the library was under construction – so we had to detour down to a road right by the beach. We saw the Little Aquarium at the end of the Pier peeking out at us, and we hadn’t been in months (a year, maybe?)
Violet (3) has been begging to go to the beach – so I said we could stop in the Little Aquarium. We parked the van, and started walking down the long pier while the rain drizzled slightly. About halfway down the pier, the winds picked up and started gusting at 40 miles/hour! Then, it started to pour!
We were having the best time. Then, the police arrived and told us we had to leave. There was a major lightning storm coming in off the ocean and they were going to close the Aquarium right then!
So – we ran back to the van, all the way down the pier – the water shooting sideways at us. I had Ellie in the baby carrier, wrapped up in my sweater with her little hood tightly wrapped over her head. I was a little scared, but she thought it was the funniest thing ever. She laughed as the rain pelted her face. The more, the better.
At this point, we were all drenched. It would have been easier to turn the heat on in the van and go home. But, the girls still wanted to try the library.
We were so close, so why not?! We hardly ever go to this particular library because it’s out of our way. It’s in our old neighborhood, just two blocks to the beach. Funny how you always think you’ll visit your old haunts, and then you move and you never go back. Life is funny like that.
The second floor of this library has an amazing ocean view. The glass wall gives you a 180 degree view of the ocean – which was especially spectacular on this day, given the rainstorm! It hardly ever rains here, so when it does, it’s a big deal.
Paprika (9) took this slightly out-of-focus picture of me and Ginger. I like it! 🙂
We sat on the second floor together, reading books overlooking the sunset. It was beautiful and completely unexpected. This little rainy afternoon will likely become one of my most treasured memories.
When we left the house, I planned for a trip to the park. I never could have expected that our detours would lead us to the middle of a lightning storm, or cozied up at the library, watching the sunset over the ocean.
I find that the more I’m able to let go of my expectations about the way things should go, the more joy I experience on a regular basis. This day was just like that. Thank goodness for rain and sunsets.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain! – Vivian Greene