We celebrated a nice Thanksgiving here in China with other members of our church group. As part of our tradition, we went around the room and told one thing for which we are grateful. One of the women quite surprised me when she answered "Rain." I've always told my husband that I felt I could live in Washington State where it rains almost every day. But after living here in Wuhan, where it rains several times a week, I have decided I don't enjoy the rain as much as I thought. It's not just the wet and cold, it's also the gloom. I think part of what makes it gloomy is the air pollution. If there were no air pollution, I think the rain could be quite cheerful. So when this woman mentioned rain as the one thing for which she was thankful, I was taken aback.
What she said next was the part that was meaningful to me. She said, "I like the rain because I feel like it cleans things. Not only does the ground get clean, but the air pollution gets cleaned out as well. Also I just got new rain boots, and I love the chance to jump in puddles." As she said this, I suddenly began to grateful for the rain too! China is a dirty place, and the ground is often so dirty that you wouldn't want to sit on it. People here spit on the ground. Children urinate on the ground. People throw trash, or empty their noodle soup on the ground. Sometimes the sewer over flows on to the ground. The air pollution also coats the ground. It's just not a clean place. But the thought of the rain falling and washing away the filth is a wonderful thought to me. And she is right about the air. After a good rain, the air is clearer. I will look at the rain differently from now on.
So at this thanksgiving time, I too am grateful for the rain. I wonder what the other consortium members will have to say about rain.
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