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  • Yesterday was a wet day, no doubt about it, but was it raining? I saw the wet patio and the dense fog and said to my husband, is it raining? No, he said. It’s not raining, and it won’t be raining today. Are you sure? I’m sure, he says. I took my raincoat anyway. As we begin to drive away, he says, that is not rain on the windscreen, it’s just water falling from the trees. See, no trees now, no drops. Oh, well, those little speckles, that’s just mist from the fog. Ok, dear, as I grin and inwardly chuckle.

    We arrive at the lake, and as I’m walking behind a car onto the path, I come up behind a couple who has just arrived, only to hear them having the same conversation. We comment both ways, and laugh at the weather, going our separate ways, each disappearing into the fog, that is very wet. But is it raining?

    Later I went for a jog-walk-run around the lake. I came back wet from the inside and out. But was it raining?

    And then, as I started to tell this story to a friend, I remembered another couple, many years ago. My grandparents. I was a kid, riding in the back seat, coming home from a high school basketball game. Grandma did love to cheer on the team! As we are pulling away in the dark, Grandma says, why do you have the wipers on? Grandpa replies with certainty, because it’s raining…..you know the rest. Does it matter? I just had two fun conversations and a lovely memory. That’s good enough for me.
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