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My usual work day starts with a cup of coffee, checking my mails, and getting ready for work.

Today when I got up, I saw rain pounding on the windows and the first thought that came to my mind was, “Oh damn, the f*** rain has started again.” The urge to creep back into the covers was so very tempting.

Living in the UK, you do get used to the continuous rain but after a week of glorious weather it was a disappointment. I got dressed as quietly as possible as hubby dearest was snoring away to glory (him being on a sabbatical after a year of MBA studies). I got bundled up in my trusty jacket and plodded towards work.

My walk to my workplace takes me through the centre of town. I saw few people under shop awnings who looked as surprised as I was, with the weather turning bad. Rest of the crowd was just walking head down trying not to get wet in the downpour.

As I walked on, I heard giggles and laughter. And then in front of me walked three school girls trying to hide under one small teeny weeny umbrella. In that whole process, nearly all of them were getting drenched. In spite of that, I could hear squeals of laughter and chatter as if it was just another day. The evoke of laughter put a smile on my face as well and I forgot the foul mood I was in.

Why is it that when we are younger everything looks so promising? When did we forget to laugh at the simple joys of life? When did we forget being kids and just living in the moment? Try observing a toddler and you will be so amazed to see that even a plastic bottle rolling on the floor will evoke fits of giggles from him.

I remember enjoying the rains when I was in school. I used to go on our terrace with my younger cousin. We used to block the outlets and let the pounding rain fill up the terrace. We then pretended we were swimming in that murky, dirty water. It was so much fun.

Another time, when in college, my best friend and I both went to see a friend on my two-wheeler (Kinetic Honda) in a downpour. Since the vehicle was known to have bad traction in water, I had put my feet on the road to have a better control. In that process, one of my footwear slipped from my foot and got lost in the water. Well we had to find it as it was tough walking with just one sandal. I parked my bike and then we went fishing for my lost sandal in the dirty water. We were laughing so much and that whole search looked so silly, that people passing by thought us to be crazy. And getting wet in the rain was not even an issue.

The journey to adulthood weighs us down with responsibilities. It makes us much too sensible to enjoy the small things in life. Now we need sitcoms to make us laugh. And sometimes even these do not work.

Life is so much simpler when we are younger. Today’s incident has brought back so many pleasant memories of my childhood. Even though I do not enjoy rains like so many other people do. I will try my best to laugh a little and do something crazy every chance I get. I will try to be one of the laughing girls under that umbrella.

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