Rainy Days

By Sandy Dale
It’s pouring rain here in Florence today. Overcast and gray. Perhaps we should be building an ark. It started raining at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon and has been raining off and on ever since. (It is now Tuesday afternoon.) I know the exact time because our fabulous Merchants’ Car Show ended at 3:00 on Sunday, then the sky opened up at 3:30. It is not the first time this has happened. A miracle, I would say.
   I used to participate in themed outdoor events and I hated dark, rainy days. No one came to the events if it even looked like rain. Today I sit on my front porch and look at the beautiful, shiny dark streets and the bright green leaves. The birds, still chirping, splash about in the huge puddles. I know that many places in Colorado would do anything to have just a drop of rain. It’s almost tropical here today. I am thankful for the beauty of this sloppy, wet day. I will go inside and clean…no, wait…
   I will put on my trusty anorak and visit the shops along Main Street. They won’t be crowded and we have two new ones: Trending on Main at the east end of town and The Artful Antiquarium at the west end of town. Then maybe I’ll stop at the new ice cream shop, Two Scoops, next to Two Sisters’ Restaurant…for two scoops. It seems good things come in twos.
   You can find them in Florence, as we say…

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