Tropical Storm Colin and My Love of Florida Storms
When I was younger, my dad would carry me out to the porch on his hip during storms so we could watch the lightning. It was one of my favorite parts of summer. Now, 20 years later, I may not watch the lightning from my dad's hip, but I still love it as much as I did back then, and I lit up when I saw a tropical storm was coming.
Tropical Storm Colin blustered through Florida yesterday, and it was magical. I'm not sure how much news coverage Colin got outside Florida, but for those of you who don't know, this was kind of the unofficial start of Hurricane Season. Rick Scott (our governor) declared a state of emergency, schools closed early, and quite a few cities flooded pretty badly, but as far as tropical storms go, it wasn't too bad.
As far as rainy days spent curled up with a cup of tea and the episodes of Outlander I'm behind on, it was the best. I know I sound like a stereotypical introvert, and that's fine with me. I love sunny days, too, but there's something indescribable about the feeling that rainy days bring. Maybe it's the fact that they remind me of my childhood or that the sound of the rain calms me. Maybe it's the smell of the Earth when the rain hits or the fact that people don't expect me to go out anywhere. (That last one is definitely a plus.) I could go on forever about why I love storms, but I think you get the idea.
The past few weeks have been a little tough for me, and Tropical Storm Colin was like a big hug from the planet. The rain will keep up for a little while longer, and I'll miss it when it's gone. Luckily, though, summer is only just beginning, and there are plenty more storms to come.