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Everyone Breathes a Rain-Soaked Sigh of Relief
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009

A few drops here. A few drops there. And then, there was rain everywhere!

It came down with a consistency that allowed it to soak into the parched ground, with some left over to provide badly needed runoff for creeks and tanks.

Of course, I could have done without the colder weather that arrived at the tail end of the system; but, if I have to put on a coat to get rain, so be it.

On Sunday, I spent much of the day driving around the county looking for photo opportunities for our upcoming spring visitors' guide. Even then, only days after the rain, I could see trees already starting to show buds pushing through their brown shells. Scattered bluebonnets finally raised their heads for one valiant attempt at blooming. And the grass began to change color --- from greyish brown to green.

People stopping by the office or calling were in noticeably better moods. Even the complaints tended to start off with, "Oh, it's not really a problem; but,,,,," It seems that, with four inches of rain, everyone was too relieved to be grouchy or angry.

People were waving again when you met them on the road. There was mud all over their vehicles, their boots were caked with it, and they smiled the biggest smiles I've seen in months.

It is amazing how we had all forgotten how good the rain can be. All it took for me to smile was to see Katemcy Creek with water flowing down its course. And the spreader dam just inside the cattleguard was full of water! Another smile.

The County had just finished cleaning up the ditches along Katemcy Road, and the runoff went exactly where it was all supposed to go this time. And, the road never got slippery! Success!

As all the agricultural experts have been quick to point out, four inches of rain does not break the drought. But, it provides a welcome respite. For at least a week or so, there is one thing that does not worry any of us quite as much.

And, as I pull down weather information for the week ahead, it looks as if Sunday, Monday and Tuesday may bring yet another wet encore.

So, the drought may not be over; but, we're punching some holes in it. And we are enjoying the relief that spring so often brings with it.

There are plenty of scary things going on in our world right now, and there are things that trouble my mind; but, for today, I'm going to enjoy this breather.

I'm going to allow myself to share that good feeling with my friends, family and neighbors. And, I'm going to be patient as I wait to see what else spring will bring!

It’s all just my opinion.

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