Looking for a Silver Lining

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hPitter patter…sprinkle…sprinkle…drip drop drip. Spring in Maine this year has been marked with lots and lots of rain. Lots. The temperatures have been hovering right around raw. After a lengthy, snowy winter, it’s been tough to slog through day after day of chill and drizzle. In fact, it’s downright aggravating. I’d stamp my feet in frustration, but I’m pretty sure I’d splash myself.

In an effort to pull myself out of the pit of despair when it started raining again tonight, I decided to try to think of the positives of this unrelenting, depressing, miserable  streak of weather. Here, in no particular order, is my list of 10 reasons why it’s good that we’re drowning in experiencing a bountiful rainfall this spring:

  1. Nature is beautiful when sprinkled with raindrops.


  2. I don’t have to mow my lawn when it’s raining.
  3. The peepers still sing in the rain and I suspect they’re happy to be perpetually moist. (At least someone is!)
  4. It’s easier for both teachers and students to be inside at school when it’s gross outside than when it’s 75 and sunny.
  5. There’s a lower risk of forest fires and the ground water supplies in southern Maine are being replenished.
  6. It’s perfect weather for cozying up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a book. (and a blanket–because it’s still darn chilly out!)
  7. The drainage area outside my classroom window is a full-fledged pond and it’s fun to watch the ducks visit.
  8. Foggy mornings are common, which makes for an atmospheric ride to work.
  9. No one’s getting sunburnt.
  10. The best reason of all–on the rare occasions when the sun comes out, you really, really, really appreciate it!

Hope you’re enjoying your spring, rain or shine!


A trip to the beach on a rare sunny day


13 thoughts on “Looking for a Silver Lining

  1. Alice Nine says:

    I enjoyed your pictures and your 10 reasons. Hard to pick a favorite, but I’m leaning toward the peepers. Made me think of Joyce Sidman’s wonderful poem “Listen for Me.” I laughed when I read, “I’d stamp my feet in frustration, but I’m pretty sure I’d splash myself.” That would be my luck.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      It’s pretty hard not to prefer peepers! 😉 I love Joyce Sidman but am not familiar with “Listen for Me.” I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by!


      • Alice Nine says:

        Molly, you will love it. It’s in her book called “Song of the Water Boatman” I have to share the first stanza in light of your post. ” Listen for me on a spring night, / on a wet night, / on a rainy night, / Listen for me on a still night, ‘ for in the night, I sing./

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  2. Ramona says:

    Love #1! And also #s 4, 6, and 10. Rainy here, too, but nothing unusual for the Pacific NW. Nothing like a day of sunshine to make my heart sing!

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  3. Amy Warntz says:

    Looks like you found your silver lining! It’s always amazing how we can shift our thinking when need be. Number 4 & 6 are my favorite. I’ll need to keep these in mind as it looks like we will be having a streak of rainy days here in PA.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      The sun was out today and we all emerged from the building at recess looking like blinking moles. 🙂 Unfortunately we’re headed back into a string of rainy days…I’m having to work really hard to be positive!


  4. It’s such a moment of joy when the sun comes out.

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  5. mlb1202 says:

    Love the positive spin on all the rain!! I needed this here in MA. So appreciating and loving the sun out today! 🙂

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  6. A chuckle escaped my mouth at #9, Molly. The raindrop images are art.
    And I love how this post inspired the sharing of the Joyce Sidman lines from Alice.
    YOU deserve early fireworks over the water and an ice cream truck jingling down the lane by your classroom window, for your sunny side thoughts. The students are lucky to learn with a lifter-upper like you!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks! We had a day or two of sun and are now back to rain, rain, rain. Next week’s forecast is enough to make me cry. Staying positive is going to take a lot of energy and creativity.


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