Yesterday, it poured down here in Seattle. But we needed to get outside, so we thought, Ah, fuck it, let’s go to the park. In Sweden they have a saying: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. So I put on my hat and off we went. And, y’know, it was wonderful. We got soaked through, but I didn’t give a shit. The world smelt so delicious that K and I, by this time looking like drowned rats, just hugged in the rain and laughed. Happy rats. We were the only people there. It was so quiet (apart from the sheeting rain and rushing creek and dripping leaves) that a raccoon appeared in the fork of a tree, and stared at us. K took a picture of that, too, but, eh, it’s a crappy phone camera, and the rain made everything blurred, so I haven’t even bothered uploading it.
Even the crows were silent.
I was struck by how intensely alive the park felt. Stuff growing everywhere. Every fallen log covered in lichens and moss and ferns. All the bankside vines and creepers budding (by today some of them will be blossoming). The dirt smelt as though it was waking up. Spring will be early this year.
Today, in fact, the sun is bright and the birds (looking a bit dazed) are singing. One robin was doing that robin-run thing (they lean forward like people in a Lowry painting, and they hurry along at an anxious, hopeless angle) on the deck when I took out the recycling this morning. It saw me and turned its back: it couldn’t see me, so I couldn’t see it. Deeply stupid birds.
So today I’m dry, and working hard, and only thinking of the park. I hope wherever you are you can get some fresh air. Enjoy it for me. It is, after all, one of the dozen daily delights.
5 thoughts on “happy rats”
Yes, this is one reason I love Seattle. There are plenty of opportunities to get out in the rain. At the office yesterday, I went outside and stood in it. Some co-workers thought I was either ill, deranged, or had taken up smoking. I didn't wear my hat, although I usually wear one to keep the rain off of my eyeglasses. But yesterday I was conscious of what a good job my close-cut hair was doing repelling the rain. Glorioski it was swell.
Yes, I got out today in the sunshine, and cold. Tomorrow we're to get a new snow front, so I figured if I wanted to walk about, today would be the day!
It's great how you actually spend the time to write out your impressions… my blog is so intent on scouring the web for helpful, wierd stuff, that I only get the chance to write a few sentences if I'm lucky. Carkeek is cool! I live right up the hill from you guys for the time being (on Greenwood), and my girlfriend and I journey through there sometimes…
Y'know, I don't really look that pale. I don't normally look so grim, either. I blame the camera…
I love every word of this post. The thought of you & Kelley in the rain, with Wild Abandon tattoed upon your shirtsleeves; IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING.
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