When I was a little girl my parents had an 8 track in the basement where we spent many afternoons and evenings playing .... one of our favorite 8 tracks was "Rain Drops Keep Fallin' on my Head" by B.J. Thomas. I have great, fun memories of playing with my brother and dancing for hours to this song .... so it's only fitting that I name this blog post after a song that brings great memories to mind ... because Catherine Ellis made some great memories (that she probably will not remember, but we will!) with new friends and a little rain a few weeks ago.
I think you all know by now that Catherine Ellis LOVES water! I'm not sure there is much else on this earth that makes her more giddy - maybe her baby sister - but water is her favorite thing right now. And rain - well she loves the rain. They had a rain week this spring at school and she got to wear her rain jacket, rain boots and take her umbrella and they played in and talked about the rain for days - it was her favorite week. She can not resist a puddle .... if she sees one she takes a dive into it and will insist that whoever is with her do the same. Lots of joy in rain for this little girl.
So - during a wonderful, calm rain a few weeks ago - she played - and played - and played - till her hearts content. It started out on our front porch and ended with 3 new friends from our street and one happy and worn out little girl!
So we started on the porch - letting her run back and forth and scream "it's raining, it's raining" and then she got her umbrella ....
And then she headed to the front yard .... and shortly thereafter, she was being invited across a few yards to join our neighbor's children up the street ... it started out so cute and innocent ... they were waving to Catherine Ellis and she was waving back and running and hiding from them ..... they kept calling her to come play ... and she was so excited that they were waving at her. She finally crossed the yard and met them in the middle and the real fun began!
What I don't have pictures of are Catherine Ellis and her new friends running up and down the drain ditches on our street and playing in the storm sewer .... they had THE best time! David was such a patient Daddy and sat outside for an hour in the light drizzle watching her play and laugh and have the time of her life. She thought she was so big - her new friends were 8, 5 and 4. I just wish I had one picture of her running with them in the drains screaming "it's raining, it's raining". Priceless.