by Shannon Wand
The most fun I have ever had in the rain was with
my friend Kim. We had been out shopping in downtown
Montreal and all of a sudden this power shower came
gushing down on us. It was the kind of rain that just
drenches you completely. Big fat wet drops splashed
The rain that fell on the streets and
cars exploded and shot right back up again. It was
so heavy that rivers began almost as soon as the rain
itself had. People were running for cover in shop
doorways, cars and malls. It was mayhem.
I thought it would be funny to jump in a puddle so
that it would all land upon Kim. She thought it would
be funny to do it back to me. Before long we were
running down Ste. Catherine’s street laughing
and screaming, trying to find the deepest puddle of
Once that coveted spot was found, we went
rank on one another. When your shoes are wet, they
make very good slingers of water. If you take them
off, even better! Our hair was dripping. Our clothes
clung. Our faces hurt from smiling so hard.
We were having the time of our lives. The people who
took cover were smirking at us and laughing at the
two silly wet girls who were having such a good time.
We pushed each other towards the sidewalk edge so
the passing cars would soak us even more. It was outrageous
amounts of fun. Did I mention that we were on our
way to meet Kim’s dad at his office?
Kim’s dad worked at what seemed to me a very
posh office building. Everyone seemed to wear only
gray or beige and smiling was clearly prohibited.
And then there were Kim and me. We sneaker-squeaked
our way to the elevator, suppressing giggles that
exploded into oxygen-depriving laughter all the way
up to the tenth floor.
Needless to say, Kim’s
dad wasn’t thrilled at our lack of dryness.
We were, after all, to ride home in his car. We didn’t
care. We were still busy trying not to “tee
hee hee” our way into a serious lecture about
being serious in a serious world.
The great thing about playing in the rain is that
the rain itself is the only tool you need. It is a
spontaneous way to spend some time that will keep
you smiling long after the sun has come out again.
You can play alone, with your family, one friend or
a bunch. It’s free and available. So lose the
umbrella, get out there and get wet!