We woke to thundering rain on the 30th of December…I peered out my porthole and glared at the sleeting squall and brooding dark sky…My somber glance turned to dad, who, to no surprise, was cheerfully lighting the tea kettle and watching the drops fall with a ridiculous grin on his face. My father has the unexplainable ability to wake up SMILING EVERY MORNING of his life…It doesn’t matter what the day will bring, rain or shine, ups or downs, flying from San Diego to Baltimore or New York or Michigan, fixing a toilet, or helping me do my taxes. I can’t remember a single day in my life that he didn’t leap out of bed with cheer in his voice and a twinkle in his eye!?! Despite all my wishing for perfect winds and sunny skies during his visit, we were having stronger than average trades and RAIN, RAIN, RAIN for the second day in a row.

“That’s how it goes, honey,” he cooed after my dramatic sigh. Another black cloud closed in over the bay… “It doesn’t matter where we go or what we do. This is exactly how it’s supposed to be! I’m enjoying EVERY minute! In fact, this reminds me of a song I recently heard on the radio in Grand Rapids. And he instantly broke into a bold country twang,  “I LOoooooooooooooVE the RAAAAAAIN…cuz the raaaaaaaain makes the COOOOOOORN and the CoooooooORN makes the WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIISKEY, and I LOOOOOOOOOOVE WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY!!!”

“Is that really a song, Dad? Or did you just make that up?” I laughed.

“I could hardly believe it myself when I heard for the first time. I kid you not, I heard it on the radio. The Midwest is a world apart from California…” He chuckled.

He didn’t really love whiskey, but the point was clear…We had to love the rain!! Complaining wouldn’t change anything, only spoil the mood, all we could do was embrace it. He’d walloped my rainy day blues with a ‘left hook’ of humor, leaving me no choice but to smile and sing along too for another round together…

“I LOoooooooooooooVE the RAAAAAAIN…cuz the raaaaaaaain makes the COOOOOOORN and the CoooooooORN makes the WHIIIIIIIIIIIIISKEY, and I LOOOOOOOOOOVE WHIIIIIIaISKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY!!!”

We donned our Patagonia rain gear and headed out to meet the day, singing through the showers!!!!!

I LOVE MY DAD!!!!!!!!

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