Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Running In The Rain


--by dancingDog, posted Feb 28, 2008

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.  After a few minutes, a sweet little voice broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught and said, "Mom, let's run through the rain!" "What?" Mom asked.

"Let's run through the rain!" She repeated.

"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied.

This young child waited about another minute and repeated, "Mom, let's run through the rain."

"We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.

"No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.

"This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?"

"Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!'"

The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.

And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories... So, don't forget to make time and take opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

I hope you still take the time to run through the rain.

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Readers Comments

liztree wrote: I read this story before a few years back. It is still one of my very favorites. Thanks for sharing. Does anyone know the origin of this story?
falsemonkeypuzzl wrote: That was one of those moments which forms a story with such pefection all that remained was touching pen to paper (or fingers to keys!) Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sending that in!
totemblaze wrote: What a wonderful store. Sometimes the greatest wisdom comes from the youngest among us
guddan wrote: great story!
mitu915 wrote: what a lovely, tender, and poignant experience that must have been--to embrace the fleeting connection you had with strangers in the rain. thanks for sharing.
katlampi wrote: Wow! This is such an inspiring and sweet story. I think I am going to email out to a few family members. That must have been one of those awesome experiences that catches you completely offguard, but really makes you think about what is important in life. Thank you for posting this.
Ruby wrote: dancingDog, what a marvelous faith this child have. Thank you for sharing it and letting us remember that the sun always shines after the rain and thank you for taking me for a ride back to my childhood days when running, getting wet and laughing through the rain brought us priceless joy. That no matter how wet we could get from playing on the rain, we had that unspoken faith that our parents will be home to dry us. Hmmmnn...as if I could still smell the rain...

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