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Still Raining: An Essay

Updated on December 18, 2017
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Chris practices free writing which often produces humorous or introspective results with practical applications to living life more fully.

Still Raining

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Author's Note

I remember seeing Jonny Lang on the Tonight Show, probably in '98. He sang this song, and I couldn't get enough of it. It's powerful and the louder you play it, the better it gets. I lost track of Jonny. Then I looked up this music video and found out he's still out there, making music. He enjoys making albums even though nobody really buys albums anymore. We stream and download individual songs now. Way to go Jonny Lang. Hang in there, and may the sun shine down on you.

This freewrite was written while listening to this song....go figure.

Oh, and by the way, this writing is a mixture of fact and fiction.

Still Rainin'

Still Raining: A Sunday Afternoon Freewrite

I remember as a kid, sitting inside, watching the rain fall on the world outside, the lawn, flowers, trees, on my plans for the day. Doug, Tom and I were going to ride our bikes over to the quarry and go swimming. It was such a great place to swim. High, limestone cliffs towered over the water like castle walls over a moat. Sometimes girls would show up too. All the guys would show off, climbing to the highest rocky ledge and jumping. There was no way you could even hesitate before jumping for fear of being called a chicken and having the girls laugh at you. I was climbing one time and this pretty brunette who I had never seen around before grabbed my arm and told me to please be careful. She had a worried look on her face, eyes wide, no smile. This time I dove headfirst instead of jumping feet first. Not many of the guys would even try that. It was just too high.

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I walked toward the ledge, not slowing a bit, bending my knees, arms driving up from waist level in perfect timing with my push off the rock. I spread my arms out to my sides, flying in a perfect swan dive, bringing them slowly together as the surface of the quarry water drew nearer. My palms met in a prayer, parting the water for the rest of me to follow. I swam deep and far before surfacing. Everyone was standing silent on the cliffs when I broke the surface, waiting in nervous anticipation. Then they all broke out in cheers, clapping their hands, jumping into the water to come out and meet me. Everyone except for the pretty brunette. I never saw her at the quarry again after that. But it was raining that day as I looked out the window, wanting to be at the quarry. Not a good day to climb on rocks and jump from cliffs. Rain does that. Holds you back, keeps you down, spoils the fun in life.

Then came college, a career, family, bills, debts, things to do, people to see, places to go, the cluttered, cliché’d lifestyle of an adult. Those things are just a different kind of rain if I let them hold me down. I’m sitting here, looking out the window into the beautiful sunshine. Yet, here I sit, kept in by a different kind of rain. It’s been raining my whole adult life, and it’s still raining.

I haven’t been back to the quarry since high school graduation. My own son is in high school now. He’s in his room listening to music. The quarry? My son? Me? I wonder….Is that the sun peaking through?

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    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      wingedcentauer, or William, I see, Thank you so much for those words. These reflective pieces just grip me from time to time, and I have to put them into writing.

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      William Thomas 

      6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      Cam, I gave this another of my rare 'beautiful' votes, in addition to the usual approvals. This was a solid, bittersweet, melancholy meditation: two kinds of 'rain,' indeed!

      Take it easy! :D

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Essie, When I was putting this hub together, I went looking for the song/video. I actually hadn't seen Jonny Lang for a long time. I listened to his music from my itunes collection, but hadn't seen him. I found this really old guy, I mean nearly as old as I am. I thought, wow, this guy has had a rough life. And he sounded terrible. Glad it wasn't him and more glad I didn't post that video with my article.

      Thaniks for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend.

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      Essie 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Fun piece! And, I'm also a long time, Jonny Lang fan!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, that was so perfect. There were quarries, but I had none. That was one of the many things that I missed, but I sure knew the woods, and thankfully, that will continue for many years to come.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Ryem, Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Jonny Lang is very talented and has a powerful voice. Check more of his songs out on Youtube.

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      Ryem 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      Great job on this hub! I enjoyed your story and I really liked the song too. I hadn't heard of Johnny Lang before today.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      a rainy day soft short .. appropriate

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      A wonderful read Chris. I can really relate to this even being part fact/part fiction. I hope that rain clears for awhile and the sun shines through. Voted up.

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      Venkatachari M 

      6 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting hub. Rains are great to enjoy from within your window. But, at the same time, they spoil a lot. Your narration of the diving is very thrilling.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Linda, welcome. Nice to see you again. I guess it is similar to flash fiction, but there is some element missing. My sons do a lot of freewriting, It's another way to get something written quickly. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for reminding me of how much I like Johnny Lang. So good to hear he's still at it with his passion for music. Great job on the free write-much like flash fiction. Voted up and hit many buttons.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Thank you froggyfish, I appreciate you reading and commenting. I probably should have mentioned in my author's note that this is half truth and half fiction. It was simply my impression as I listened to the song and began writing. Nice to see you today.

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      frogyfish 

      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      'Its been raining your whole life.' You will bloom beautiful flowers! I had never heard the Still Raining song, but it has a nice beat, sound. Best wishes as you remember - and then go on plugging into hope!

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Ruby, My mother lives in Wabash, Indiana and the Wabash River runs through town. You must be near the Indiana border with Illinois. Yes, youth and dangerous go hand in hand, I found.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Hi Christine, ooh, I don't like the sound of Paywrite. Free is good.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It's raining here too, all day long, BORING..Our place in the summer was The Walbash river in Mt. Carmel, Il. We would dive from trees into the water, smetimes going into a hole where they had been digging. We thought nothing about it, but later in life learned it was a dangerous think to do. Aha the joyful days of youth....

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      christinemariezzz 

      6 years ago

      Chris,

      Nice.

      The notes an electrically pulled sound is able to script! Glad you took the time to share a free write: Are there bills coming in the mail for the others not free? :)

      Soft rain here today,

      ~Christine

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our place was Grasshopper Point on Oak Creek just above Sedona, we dive to impress. Great rainy day story.

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