Anyone that has had the opportunity to live in a tropical climate, which has a distinct rainy season, can appreciate the blessing and the curse that is this particular period of the year.
In Sierra Leone, the rainy season gives life to lush forests and wildlife, volume to its rivers, and growth to the agriculture. But, what it gives with one hand, it takes with the other, bringing the propagation of life-threatening diseases such as malaria, cholera, yellow fever and typhoid. The rains also ruin roads, deteriorate structures, overflow waste areas, and cause general discomfort from being perpetually wet.
It is hard to predict what the day will bring, and sometimes you will forget your umbrella.
And sometimes you’ll resort to a leaf upon your head. It happens.
One of the few who actually relish in rainy season is our pig, Apple.
Rain showers give Apple and Blackberry mud as far as the eye can see (or at least up to the edge of their fence) to roll around in.
Sadly, even in rainy season. this isn’t the best situation for our Apple anymore. Unfortunately, not everyone is a pig enthusiast and she’s too big to be kept in a pen in the camp. Therefore, we may need to start thinking about other options. Gone are the days when she was just our little piglet buddy.
She’s still a sweetie, though :)
So, as many back home are transitioning from the hot and humid air of summer, into the cool and crispness of fall, I’m still in my damp clothes, enthusiastically counting the days until the wedding (16, if you were wondering). Yesterday, I, misguidedly, thought it would be a good idea to look at the extended forecast for Salem, MA to have an idea of what the weather may be around the wedding time. Almost every day of the month seemed to boast perfect sunny weather, except for one. September 28th…rain. Never fear, since when are extended forecasts ever accurate? Today already shows something different, cloudy, which is a step up from rain :)
Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter what the weather does, because rain or shine, I’ll be marrying my pair, and then celebrating with all of our friends and family that are able to make it to our wedding. I can’t wait!