It’s what we have had for the past 4 days here in Tel Aviv, and needed desperately. When I first moved to Israel, all I heard was, “Ohhhhh, how we need rain!” I wasn’t too fond of the idea, being an anti-rain person. All I thought of were all the inconveniences it would cause me…getting wet while walking, having to lug an umbrella with me everywhere I go, the cold and the wind that accompanies it, etc. Needless to say, I wasn’t on-board with all the constant rain talk.
So, why does everyone want all this rain so bad??? (you might ask yourself) Well, Israel is mainly a desert country…about 60%. That’s a lot of dryness! There is not much water flowing around here, to say the least. This means that when summer comes along, and its super hot all the time, water is extremely scarce. If we don’t store up water in the winter, then we are in trouble during summer. This winter there has hardly been any rain, hence the many prayers for rain.
Last week when the forecast was showing rain all weekend people were getting excited, and I even found myself saying to someone, “We really need the rain!” After I said it I couldn’t believe the words had come out of my mouth! I was actually part of the Israeli crowd of wanting rain! (Even though I complained about having to walk in it all weekend) I guess if it means I can have water for showers in the summer, I’ll take the rain in the winter! I’m learning to compromise 🙂