When I woke up this morning it was raining. And it has been raining off and on most of the day. If I were back in the States this wouldn’t be any big deal. We get rain all the time.
But I’m not in the States.
I found out not long ago that Jordan is the 4th most water-poor nation in the world. On average it receives just over 10 inches of rain a year. In case you didn’t catch it, that was 10 inches a year. Last year it stopped raining around the end of February or beginning of March and didn’t rain again until November. That’s eight months with no precipitation. The “rainy” season here is only in the winter months. In fact, the same word is used in Arabic for ‘winter’ and for ‘rain’.
It’s funny to see how people react to the rain. It’s kind of like when it snows back home. One snowflake and the schools are closed and people start calling in to say the can’t get to work. While they don’t close the schools here for rain, I have seen many, many businesses that just don’t open up when it rains. Church attendance usually drops by about half on rainy days (or on days when it looks like it might rain).