Who Will Stop the Rain?

Rain Rain Go Away Come Again Another Day…

I think anyone with  an environmental bent would object to this childrens’ rhyme. Yes, I think it has magical power. Does it stop the rain? Well, if you believe that your words, your wishes, your desires: Yes, teaching your children this chant, this rhyme, this song — well it just might stop the rain.

“Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun.
And I wonder still I wonder who’ll stop the rain.”

– “Who’ll Stop the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Shall we stop people from teaching this rhyme to children? Perhaps we should. Children, obviously, do not wish it to rain. They must stay indoors. Or…is this true?

I TOTALLY understand not wanting it to rain. Having to stay inside sounds terrible to me, but of course I grew up in the pre-computer, pre-internet, pre-computer game era. When I grew up, rain was a terrible thing for children! We had to stay inside and who the heck wanted to do that???? Getting outside sounds like the most fabulous thing ever to me.  Who the heck wants to stay inside?

My son does. He could care less about the weather. It means nothing to him. Inside is what matters because that is where the internet is, it’s where the TV is, it’s where his computer can be hooked.

How sad….

But as adults, yes we want the rain because we know what rain does for us globally, economically, and nutritionally. Let the rain come. Do not ask for it to stop. Keep it coming. And when the nourishing rain stops, I will be grateful for both its presence and its ending. I love both the rain and the cloud, and the dry days and the blue skies. I love them They are the Earth’s way of providing for us.

I think we forget that in a big way. We forget the weather is what allows us to survive and thrive — not just us, but everything else. We need it — oh how desperately we need it.

Beloved weather — beloved rain — beloved Earth — beloved world.