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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • MCDONALD COUNTY MUSINGS: Give thanks for the rain

  • The birds are hiding, been feeding this morning but for now they have sought a refuge in their nests, or somewhere because their instinct tells them rain is coming – just a shower and they keep feeding but when they hide, maybe it will last a while.
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  • The birds are hiding, been feeding this morning but for now they have sought a refuge in their nests, or somewhere because their instinct tells them rain is coming – just a shower and they keep feeding but when they hide, maybe it will last a while.
     
    The rustle of the leaves is all that can be heard at Two Dove Hill in Pineville and the quiet is welcome. I open the back door to the deck overlooking Big Sugar and the Great Blue Heron that apparently has a nest at the edge of the creek bank hears me and  flies off, swiftly, silently, covertly. No sound from the owl that nests nearby, traffic on the square is quiet, even homo sapiens seem to be waiting, breathless, waiting for the rain. Rheumatism and arthritis sufferers can tell you when a storm is approaching.
     
    I am grateful to be able to enjoy the storm. I wish the best to those who have to work out in it, our law enforcement who finds more demands on their time in rainy weather, and some, whose uniforms are less than comfortable when they get wet and damp, our postmen, in and out of their cars. I wish for them a day soon when they can sit inside and relax with a good book and just enjoy the weather. This summer storm is particularly welcome after many days without any moisture. Farmers are aware of the weather and concerned  and hopeful. Rain drops pelt my skylights and with all of my windows and sliding glass doors open, I am enjoying this change in the weather. The tech world warns a severe thunderstorm is coming, get ready. Are we failing them if we don’t start to worry? Days of yesterday we looked to the sky and made up our minds if we should seek shelter or keep working. Get ready, seek shelter, be prepared.
     
    Delightful, though, when we remember from whence cometh the rain. Some will debate it but I know, for me, there is no doubt. My source?  Deuteronomy, 11:14 “That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.”
     
    Are the storms in the Ozarks, in McDonald County, special or am I prejudiced? I don’t know the answer to that but the air is never fresher than after a rain — negative ions? — and as for us, the garden and my yard are compelled to celebrate the weather when the forecast is for rain.
    Don’t forget next week is Jesse James Days on the square in Pineville. Come see the Jesse James movie at the former community building each evening. See you there!
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    Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.
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