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“The rain, rain, rain came down, down, down”

by Under the Pines on January 5, 2010 · 0 comments

The rain for the last week or so began to form a small pond in our backyard yesterday.  About two years after we moved into this house, we had a pond form at least two or three times each winter.  I bought a pump so that I could move the rain water away from the house and into the street , down the hill and into the storm drain.  It’s been quite a few years now since the pond formed.  In fact, even with as much rain as we’ve had this fall and winter, it took until yesterday for the water to start collecting on top of the ground instead of seeping into it.  I knew the ground had been dry the past few years but seeing the water collect yesterday really brought it home to me.

Whenever I set up the pump, and I am usually doing it in the pouring rain, this song pops into my head and I begin to sing
“The rain, rain, rain came down, down, down in rushing rising rivulets
Till the river crept out of its bed and crept right into Piglet’s.”

from the film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. We watched this film for the first time in 1979.  As I hook the hoses and power cords up and sing, two images flash through my mind – dancing with my children while we sing along to the recording of all the songs from this movie and my brother holding my 2 year old son in his lap as we watched this video for the first time.  (Here’s a link to a version on YouTube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okq0Ezybk_w&feature=related.  To see the actual film footage try this link with the song in Swedish- isn’t the internet an amazing resource!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m758KpGzyPk&feature=related)

As I wrote the above I started reciting the poem Happiness by A. A. Milne that I used time and again in my Games to Play With a Baby classes.  Songs and poems seem to pop into my head in all sorts of situations and stay there for a while. Let me pass it on to you so that I can begin to think of other things.

This is a great poem to clap to, and by the way the mackintosh referred to in this poem is not a computer. 🙂   Have fun!

Happiness by A. A.  Milne
John had great big waterproof boots on
John had a great big waterproof hat
John had a great big waterproof mackintosh
“And that,” said John, “ is that.”

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