Before the Rains Came

Alex Conner and our July Garden


I have no memory of a time when it rained as long as it has this summer.  I've discovered that I actually prefer riding my bike in the rain because I stay cooler.  But not everything is better in the rain.  The kids and our garden miss the sun. 

Christine and I have taken to describing events based on when they happened. Either before or after the rains came.  So it's only fitting that this garden update be in those terms.

Before the rains came
the boys ran and played and laughed in the sun.

Before the rains came
we planted the seeds.

Before the rains came
we tilled the ground.

Before the rains came
we had to water every day
or the seedlings would die.

Before the rains came
the seedlings died.

Before the rains came
we went to the store to buy replacement plants.

And then the rains came...

Since the rains came
the ground is too wet to plant.

Since the rains came
our pots lie fallow. 

Since the rains came
the land we tilled has turned into a swamp..

And once the rain stopped for a few hours...

While the rains stopped
we drained the water from the pots.

While the rains stopped
we scrambled to plant our garden.

While the rains stopped
the boys ran and played and laughed in the sun.

But that was a only for a short time...

Before the rains came again...