“On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.”
~ Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Here at the farm it’s raining. It has been raining for two straight days, and there’s more rain coming.
That’s okay. We needed the rain. The dam was low, the earth was cracked, and the trees were yearning for a good long drink.
Yesterday we lost power all morning (hence no blog!), and the seasonal creeks began to flow and then to burst their banks.
When the rain first came, I didn’t hear it. I am finishing up the final editing tweaks on my memoir, and I was having trouble concentrating while Ben watched a (very loud) movie in another room. Solution? I downloaded a white noise app on my ipad and shoved some earbuds in my ears, hoping to block out some of the distraction. It worked a treat. I chose a variation which sounded a lot like rain on the roof. When the real stuff began falling I thought it was the app.
There’s something so soothing about the sound of rain, and I highly recommend the app if you’re looking for something to block out background noise. I found it focused my attention on my writing brilliantly. Which is fortunate, because when I finally looked up from my work we’d been flooded in!