Tonight, throughout most of the 30 minutes I spent chained to a recumbent bike at the gym, my eyes darted from the Kindle in my lap to the darkening sky through the windows – layers upon layers of deep blueberry blue and blackberry purple, like a frosted layer cake left out in the sun on a humid day. As I hobbled out the front door some time later, the orthopedic boot that has been my fashion statement for the past month holding my busted Achilles together like Scotch tape, the front desk attendant told me to stay dry.
As luck would have it, the first warm, fat drops of rain fell from that layer cake sky just as I walked out into the balmy night.
Normally, I would have sprinted the 50 feet to my car. I don’t like to get wet. My husband routinely teases me about my love for the outdoors and, conversely, my distaste for rain unless I’m safely out of it. Just two days ago, he watched with a smile from the door of the chapel where our friends were about to be married as I limped unevenly across the parking lot, my left foot in the boot and my right foot in a three-inch heel, a slippery Pashmina wrap slung over my shoulders and the world’s largest golf umbrella clasped in both hands.
“Life is not waiting for the storm to pass. It’s learning to dance in the rain.”