The Little Girl Who loved the Rain
By Janice Wood
Synopsis: The little girl who loved in the rain so much she slept in the rain wearing her rubber boots, her rubber hooded rain coat, her wooden umbrella even with her rubber gloves.
Her mother and father gave no thought to her eccentricities because she was very smart. They knew she was too intelligent to put herself in danger of lightening and thunder.
Well she loved the rain so much that she went walking around the lake one block from her house in Byrd Park. That day, not long ago maybe one week ago, Sydney went out into the rain wearing her paraphernalia armed with her umbrella.
Now the umbrella was a gift from Aunt Lea. It was one of those clear plastic tulip shaped umbrellas that cover you from head to your pockets. You could see all around you. You can look up at the sky and see the rain falling down on top of the umbrella, or you turn to your right or your left and look at the direction of the rain without getting wet or even feeling the wind. She loved it.
Syd had the brilliant idea. All of a sudden she saw it in a flash. She wanted to go out and lie down and look up and watch the rain clouds moving. She felt that if she did that then she would be able to watch everything happening above her while it rained. Syd was very curious about everything concerning the weather when it rained after all she was going to be the rain expert she had to see it all.
So she went out onto the patio and she laid down on the chaise lounge with the umbrella. She opened it up and looked up at the clouds while lying there, and the raindrops as they fell onto the umbrella. Syd was more than ecstatic; she was thrilled. “Fantastic”, she thought. “Simply Marvelous”, she said in awe. Cocking her head to one side she thought she would use her Mother’s very words to express her delight. This startled her because she thought she always modeled herself after her father, he was after all her hero and she wanted to be just like him, growing up she had always been told that she looked just like him and if she had been a boy, she would have been named Jr.