March 9, 2016
The origin of the lyrics to “Rain rain go away” are said to date back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603). During this time in English history there was constant rivalry between Spain and England. And so in 1588, the Spanish launched their armada, consisting of over 130 galleons.
The English fleet consisted of 34 small Navy vessels and 163 armed merchant ships. But the great Spanish Armada was defeated. Only 65 Spanish galleons and 10,000 men returned to Spain. The attempt failed, because of the swift nature of the smaller English ships and also by the stormy weather which scattered the Armada fleet. Hence the origin of the “Rain rain go away” Nursery rhyme.
Rain Rain go Away
Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!
Although there have been many versions of this poem, in the mid-19th century James Orchard Halliwell published this version, the one with which I am most familiar:
Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day
Little Arthur wants to play.
And so do little Janet and Tim.
But alas, here we sit in this tiny trailer, amid thunder and lightning. I guess I can’t complain, as this is only the first day we’ve been truly hampered by rain since we began this journey on August 20, 2015. Now, I’m sure you don’t feel too bad for us – or do you? Wait – don’t answer that !
In my last post, I discussed those little hateful bloodsuckers – mosquitoes. You must know there is only one thing a mosquito needs to go through its life- cycle – water. And that water is provided mostly by rain. I would be a fool to say, “I hate rain”. We need it to survive – the planet needs it to survive. But I’m just saying that mosquitoes thrive when it rains.
Some people love walking in the rain. Some people like “Singing In The Rain” I guess I don’t have to tell you that I’m not one of them. You’re all dolled up with places to go. You step off of the curb, and your foot lands in a puddle.
Now your shoes, stockings and feet are soaked. As you hobble along, your foot begins to make a squishing sound with every step you take. Your clothes are wet and sticking to your body. If it’s winter, you are chilled to the bone. If it’s summer, steam rises off of your already warm and sticky body. If you’ve used hairspray for this night on the town, your hair is now in sticky clumps. But if you are like me, you don’t have any hairspray on because the sweet smell of hair products draws the attention of bugs. If by chance it has stopped raining, my hair frizzes out to a most tremendous size.
I was going to shop today to check out all of the cute little stores and galleries I’ve passed in Port Aransas, and perhaps get a bite to eat. Do I take a chance? Should I or shouldn’t I ? Sometimes, a rainy day is just the excuse you need to do nothing. We don’t have to be doing something active to enjoy the day. We can sit and read, watch a bit of TV and just enjoy each other’s company. Let the rain do what it wants outside, and just chill. This trailer is small, yes that’s true. But it’s dry, warm and cozy. My clothes are dry and not sticking to me. My hair has been combed to perfection. I have lots of food on hand. And there is nothing here to bite me, as I haven’t opened the door. I think I’ll pass until tomorrow.