It’s the rainy season once again. Yes, the crazy heat of the summer sun is replaced by the cold weather of the monsoon rain. During this weather it is nice to stay longer on bed, or grab a cup of coffee while reading a book. But life is not a fairy tale, and for us folks old enough to work, rainy season means another 6 months of hassle and struggle.
We have to go to work and brave the storms. We have to carry more than the average weight of our bags because of our umbrella, extra tsinelas, clothes, and jacket. And the most painful of them all, commuting during the rainy season. Because in the Philippines, rainy season means baha!
Its all different when we were kids. We never despise the rain. It transforms the street into our playground, and it saves us from boring classes. Rainy season was a lot better when were still kids. Here are the reasons why.
Suspension of classes makes us happy
No explanation needed.
Because we do not have to listen to our teachers and get bored
We get another day to finish our homework and project! The rain is totally our savior.
We can stay at home and watch TV all day
From the morning shows where we first heard the suspension of classes, until the evening where newscasters report the flooding all over the metro.
Or create a fortress made of pillows and blankets
Just remember to put it back where it was before.
Or play with the dripping water from the ceiling
We find happiness in the simplest things
Then we play in the rain
No matter how hard our parents warn us not to.
And fold paper boats
We get to float the boats on the flood rain and compete against friends which boat crosses the finish line first or sinks last.
The stronger the rain, the better
Rain… rain.. don’t go away. Laida Magtalas’s sun dance is a kill joy.
Because we get to swim in the flood
A flood is not just a flood. It is a giant pool… of flood. You adults don’t get it.
No matter how dirty it is
Yeah! We, kids, don’t care.
When we see an alulod. It’s like waterfalls
We take turns getting under the gutter and let the gush of water pour over us. We don’t care whatever dirty substances are left in the gutter.
When we go back home and eat our favorite food for merienda
The sopas, the champorado and the lomi during the rainy season. Yumm
The comfort of sleeping during a cold weather
Knowing that after a week, another storm will come
Because an average of 20 tropical storms visit the country every year.
And all this will all happen again
Too bad we are not kids anymore. We adults, have responsibilities and that includes going to work 5 days a week, whatever the storm signal is. Now if only someone (ehem, government) can do something with the flood rain, maybe the rainy season won’t be so hard for us adults too.
Now excuse me while I prepare for the coming days…
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