~It rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived in the Seattle area for a long time now; I have learned a few things about rain. First of all, rain makes the trees and plants grow, rain seems to wash away some of the pollutants in the air, and rain can keep us from enjoying the great and beautiful outdoors. In this area, it doesn’t rain buckets. Instead, it lightly sprinkles or mists most of the time. We Pacific North westerners are used to the gray skies and rain coats. We know and accept that rain is necessary.
After months of gray skies, wet ground, and cool temperatures, some of us begin to feel sad. Most of us avoid the beautiful outdoors because we don’t want to be cold and damp. I don’t think I’m alone in dreaming of moving to a sunnier place. Palm trees, sandy beaches, and warm summer nights are my retirement plan. If it weren’t for family ties in the Seattle area, I think I would have moved a long time ago.