It’s amazing to see everything go from dry and barren to a fresh, soft green literally overnight. The rains have come.
Farmers, anticipating the coming rains, planted their beans and maize several weeks back; and I was told that if the rains did not come by last weekend, the baby plants would die in the field. Saturday night, late in the evening, the clouds burst in a deafening thunder on our roof, in a heavy downpour that seemed to last for a couple of hours (is there a better sound in the world?). The air smells so good as the dust of the past months has been washed into muddy streams. The rains tend to continue off and on in great gusty storms that last for an hour or two or three, often at night. During the day, the sun often shines if it rains, causing lovely rainbows. I love this season. There should be a good amount of rain between now and December.
These purple trees blossom every year just before the fall rains, and they are so lovely. I missed the peak by one day, as the first big storm took down a lot of blossoms. We call it “purple snow” as the flowers blanket the ground all over campus.
Along with the rains come the worms, centipedes, and all manner of creeping things. I’m very thankful that I have not seen an increase in spiders. The girls love to collect the creepy crawlies, and yesterday, they brought me a dustpan full of millipedes and centipedes (probably 20, writhing and squirming). Gross! They don’t get this love of legs from Mommy.
Eliya has been asking for a pet for awhile. At this point, we don’t feel like we could handle it. I felt bad the other day though, when she called me over to see her two pets. They were two dead lizards–roadkill is my guess. She was so excited to have them as her pets! Then she found her first chameleon.