When it rained, she explained, everyone stayed inside in the evening, played cards, and visited. Her mother baked pies and cookies since this was not possible in the sunny hot climate. "When it rains", she said, "I feel like something wonderful is about to happen". I try to keep this perspective with me whenever the rain comes down. We never have to shovel it like most folk shovel snow and, in my mother's words, "You can always put on protective clothing while it is hard to take enough off when it is hot!" As a child I was always thankful that Mom resisted the urge to take it all off.