It started raining early this morning. We felt the thick air move through our open windows. We heard our dog whine as he sensed the coming storm. Then the rain fell. It felt like water from hundreds of hoses with nozzles set on “soak” blasting our townhouse. All day the rain came in mists, showers and downpours. The rain caused flood warnings, some schools districts to close two hours early, a relative’s roof to leak, traffic delays and my hair to frizzle. Rain can be a nuisance in our busy lives, but it is never a bother to my son or to a garden. The rain gives my son the chance to wear his big yellow rubber boots, hold a fancy striped umbrella, and search for the perfect puddle to splash in. The rain gives our garden the chance to thrive and grow new crops in autumn. Last week I planted lettuce, spinach, turnip and radish seeds in our garden. They must be bursting and sprouting strong roots in all the wet soil. I hope to see little seedlings peeking out of the ground in our garden plot this Saturday. Thank you rain.