Tuesday, September 14, 2010


After three months of incessant rain, I can look out of the window and say-
And in honour of the Sun showing his face, here's a precious memory from the monsoons.

Walking home, I saw the kids playing football on the street. Wet teeshirts clinging to their backs, water dripping off their hair. I was glad they were not my kids- I didn't even want to think about the germs they were picking up.

The splashed through puddles as they ran to kick the ball. Their laughter carried up to me. I longed to join them. I knew I couldn't.

A misjudged kick. The ball came flying towards me. I could have dodged the impact- instead, I moved to intercept it. My foot made contact. 

No Goal could have been sweeter!

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

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Deb and Barbara said...

Lovely, lovely goal!

And so thrilled for your sun. I don't know how you survived so many weeks of rain and cloud. But you did -- and now sun!!


Mary said...

YES! The sweet reached goal -- whatever it is!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Barbara - yes, the Stranger has actually been around for two days now. Feels so good to feel his rays on my back. Yipee!!!

@ Mary - I am pretty sure the ball reached nowhere near the goal post- but who cares- I wanted to kick the ball, and I did. Wish everything were as easy.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a terrific story of living in the moment :-). And how beautiful the sun feels, doesn't it, after a lot of rain. Odd thing, I think: the rain gives life, and monsoon season is welcome for that reason. But it can also be terrible, and at the end, the dry, sunny weather is such a gift. It's all about balance: sun and rain...

slommler said...

That sounded so fun! Kicking the ball! And hearing of the kids laughing and playing ball in the rain made me smile. I remember when...sigh! Kids don't play enough outside nowadays.
Terrific story hun!! Loved it

LTM said...

LOVE it. That's awesome~ :o) <3

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Ah, sweet is right!

Clarissa Draper said...

Gooool! As they say in Mexico. Cute drawing and drabble.

Jules said...

Oh, way to go for kicking the ball! Now what kind of germs live in a mud puddle? Next time, kick the ball and then jump in the mud puddle. I promise you will laugh :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

So glad the sun is back for you!

Loved the goal-kicking moment. :)

Kerrie said...

This is the first term I hear the term Drabble and I love the idea of a 100 word story. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for you, Rayna! Glad the sun has reappeared.

Jan Morrison said...

oh, it is so good to have the sun back I'm sure. Ours is about to leave us shortly. Nah, not really, but there are often long cloudy days in the winter. urggh. we've had such a heavenly summer.
love your story!

Julie Musil said...

Awesome goal! What a playful story.

Jemi Fraser said...

I bet the kids loved it too - they always get such a kick out of it when adults don't back down from the fun :)

Hart Johnson said...

Yay for the return of the sun! And I have always LOVED doing things that would normally be dirty and sweaty in a nice warm rain. I envy those kids!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot- it is all about the balance. We don't like too much of the extremes, but choose to forget the world would be really boring if it were always moderate.

@ SueAnn - luckily the kids in my neighbourhood still play outdoors. They also watch TV, but they play outdoors too

@ Leigh - thank you.

@ Holly- thank you.

@ Clarissa- yes, that sport is religion in Mexico, isn't it?

@ Jules- I love puddles myself. My after a month of nursing two sick kids, I don't want to take any chances

@ Elizabeth- thank you! I still dream of that moment.

@ Kerrie- it is brilliant- the best form of writing there is. And welcome

@ Alex- yes, we've had a couple of sun sightings this week. And have started cribbing about the heat :-)

@ Jan- once our sun comes back, he stays till the next monsoons. Long days of sun we have

@ Julie- thank you

@ Jemi- I am not sure they believed it happened. Middle aged women don't particularly go around kicking balls. In India, even younger girls don't

@ Hart- I love running in the rain- fantastic.


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