Needs Must, And So On

Today I’m thankful for small periods of perfection.

I was having a particularly trying day at work last week.  I left at midday to get food.  I mostly needed to get out of the building.  It was utterly perfect, for me, as soon as I stepped through the door.  A light rain had just started and the smell was intoxicating, especially mixed with the greenery around.  There’s a church on the other side of the road and their bell started ringing.  It was still and exquisite.  For about five seconds.  As I rounded the building I heard a hard-of-hearing colleague on a call.  They are lovely, but notably loud.  They’d agree with the sentiment.  I laughed harder than I’ve laughed in a while at the sheer absurdity of it.  It was I needed, when I needed it.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Today I’m thankful for storm sewers.

I get spooked when it rains hard and long enough for the streets to back up with water.  I’ve lost one vehicle to a flood.  Another was repairable but the costs were high and the car always smelled like fish.

It’s still dark when I leave for work.  We had a recent gully washer.  Between the darkness and sheets of rain I was not happy.  I just wanted to get to work.  The city recently upgraded the storm sewer system and for once, the streets didn’t flood!