Today was different. Rain. Real rain. Pouring at times. Huge puddles of standing water on the road, some four or more inches deep. This was Abu Dhabi today.
We surely did not expect that we could get drenched walking from the office to the car, or that there would be flooding on roads.
It was pretty. The overcast cloudy skies, reminiscent of Kentucky winter days, opened up in the desert, first damp air and walkways, then pitter-patter drops of rain, then lots more rain.
To walk out the back door of the office to the laboratory, feel the rain on my head and hear the rain thrumming on a metal surface out there was almost dizzying. It didn’t belong here in the desert, making music with the splatters.
As we drove home later, the roofs of the cars danced with spray and I enjoyed the murmuring of the rain through the window.
But then, of course it rained and rained. There have been prayers for rain for the last month or so.
And the skies answered with a day of sweet, clean rain filling the aquifers and oases, renewing the life-roots of the plants, and washing the large dusty leaves of the plumeria to a fresh moist, dark green.
The desert was bathed in sweetness today.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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