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RAINY DAY b. Malin

Updated on March 10, 2011


Another Oldie but Goody from my Past...another Time, another Place...

The rain has stopped. I stand at my back door and watch a baby Chipmunk leaping and running across my back lawn. He seems to be enjoying his wet romp, as he rolls his body in the cool wet grass. The rain certainly hasn't spoiled his day, I sigh to myself.

Do I feel Envious of this tiny creature whose life could be cut short if either of the family cats decide to make a "game" out of him? They too will be enjoying themselves. I shiver at the thought, and pray that won't happen.

I had resented this particular day of rain, for it was my day off, and I was going to the Beach with my Sons. Where we, like the Chipmunk, would be enjoying ourselves, leaping and playing in the waves, and later, walking for miles along the sandy shoreline. Now we will have to wait until next time...

I look in on my older Son who is contently talking on the telephone to one of his many friends. He does not look in my direction, his thoughts are elsewhere, he is engrossed in deep conversation...He is a Teenager...And my heart bursts with pride when I look at him.

I tip toe back into the kitchen, to my back door, to look for that little make sure that he is all right. Suddenly this seems so important to me.

My younger son comes up behind me. I turn around and pull him close to me. It feels good to hold him close, if only for a little while longer. Next summer, he might be too big...he might push me away...God, I hope not...  He spies the little Chipmunk who is now putting on such a grand show of leaping and jumping as High as he can into the air. It's almost as if he knows that he must be our "Court Jester". We both look at one another and Laugh...And suddenly I feel better and silently wish that little Chipmunk a long life.


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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Cat,

      Thank You! I Love Animals, and try to a personality so I can Hub about that. Again, thanks for the Compliment and Enjoying.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey, Cute Thought...and I don't have the answer either! I'm so Glad you Enjoyed, and I Enjoyed your Comments as well.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      What a delightful piece of writing! Thank you for sharing :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I often wonder where the squirrels go when it rains--after all, how can you sleep in a tree? I enjoyed these musings!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Why Thank you Ladybird I really appreciate your approval!

      Toknowinfo Thank you...I love Animal stories!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      You are amazing, how a little chipmunk can tell such a beautiful story.

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      Ladybird33 6 years ago from Fabulous USA

      So good!!! You are very talented! Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed it so much.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      So glad you liked it Arb...It was one of My Oldies, but Goodies...My sons were such interesting people, when they were growing up...I was a very young mother, so I grew up with them as well

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      b. Sometimes the writer begs us read between the lines with craftiness and skill. I enjyed doing so in this wonderful little piece. Very, Very nice. Voted up and a, b, and anything else i can squeeze in there.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Aliciac, thank you so very much for your Beautiful comments, isn't that what we all live for, to be enjoyed as writers and poets.

      And when one lived in New England (which we did at the time) you see a lot of Rain, so glad you got pleasure from this Hub, Sligobay.

      My Sons are so special to me, I wrote so many Prose about them through the years...Sons are yours till they take a wife, but know they (most of the time) Love us Sally.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Thanks bMalin. My college son just came home today (for part of his Spring Break). You can bet I've been hugging on him lots. The most precious things in life are often right in front of us. Glad so many of your followers realize and enjoy it.

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      What a delicious slice of life not pie in the sky. The Monk of Chip wields a mighty flip for this Kodak clip. A smile; laugh and warm embrace inspired by God's creature and like your sons; a heavenly double feature. Let it rain!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This was a lovely hub with some beautiful images and ideas. You’ve described a short period in time so well!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Spring makes the Flowers grow...Those boys of mine are now Adults...but thank goodness they still Hug! LOL

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Can't wait tell the snowy days of winter turn into the rainy days of spring! thanks for sharing, keep huggn that boy of yours!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Oh thank you Genna...Spring is just around the corner, you can almost smell it in the air!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      When I read this neat story, I immediately went to my window to peak out and see if any life has returned yet, as we are awaiting spring. No such luck; but your words bring back wonderful memories and the anticipation new ones. Nicely done!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Ah, thanks you really know how to say all the right stuff...My friend, Epigramman...I always look forward to your comments.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well I don't need a rainy day to come and see you and enjoy your writing and your thoughts - in fact you make all of my rainy day into sunny ones ......

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Me too Bobbi...It's also FINALLY raining here in S. Florida...It was so badly needed. So glad you stopped by and were able to enjoy my Hub, thanks so much!

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      A lovely rainy day pondering. It is raining here right now, as I write so I'm going to sit on my porch with a cup of tea and observe the wildlife. We live next to a woods so plenty of wildlife. I loved this.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thanks so much Breakfastpops for you kind words and thoughts.

      They do grow up so fast BlueStar and boys grow into Men, that we wish, won't forget some of those time, but sadly, one does remember, and the other...sometimes remembers. LOL.

      If we can Smile, or Laugh, or remember as we read each others Hubs...then the writing is well worth the trip! Thanks so much Bbnix for sharing as well as thanking me.

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      You are so wonderful to share these moments with us. Although not forgetting these are your special moments, they are so powerful for us too.

      Here in San Diego, we don't get a lot of these moments with wildlife, although we have many red tail hawks majestically calling above, and for some reason, many visits from skunks from the neighboring hills - don't know why.

      But I do have my college age son who has never had the heart to push me away, for I can't help but squeeze hug him every day...

      We are so lucky you and I b., thank you so much for helping me be free...of the city and my problems, that is.

      So beautiful my friend...

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ahh what a lovely way to spend a rainy day. Fond memories indeed of the hugs and laughs Craig and I once had when he was growing up. But, at 23 he no longer wants the hugs off his mum and as for kisses, I get the side of his face now lol

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Beautiful and awesome and that is what I am voting..

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Why thank you WillStarr, it's a timeless piece.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What beautifully told little slice of life! I could smell the damp grass.