It has officially been the 6th day without rain. What I now think was seasonal depression, a tiredness lingering over everyone, has lifted from everyone’s mood. The second day without rain, the sun was shining and the birds were singing a joyful tune, echoing the life bubbling up in everyone as they worked around the office. There were more smiles, laughter and light-hearted conversations than I had noticed in a while. People everywhere were soaking up the sun. I think it is safe to say that the rainy season is now over and that the hot season, summer, is coming.
It is crazy to think how frequent the rains were and of how muddy the ground was. On the second day without rain I noticed that a couple permanent puddles (so to speak) had been drastically reduced. Even more shocking was the realization that some of them had altogether dried up! That spoke volumes. Upon looking at the dried up puddle, I couldn’t even remember when the last rains had fallen or what I had been doing. Had I been caught in the rain again, having forgotten my umbrella, complaining of the red mud that splashes everywhere, staining? Or had I smiled, being carried off to sleep listening to the gentle pitter-patter of rain on the bedroom window? How quickly the rains started and how quickly they have ended; their evidence and remembrance fading.
In their absence the same sun illuminates the world, seems to have added strength and intensity over Kenya. This change to the hot season is has made me exhausted and tired during the afternoons. I’m not used to this heat, but I am ready for the rain and mud to be behind us. I have already started wearing my glasses more often, as the weather has been steadily drier. There is only one thing I dread, sitting at a desk drenched in sweat for all of January and February. I really wonder to what temperature the self-regulated building I work in will be set. However, as for now, I don’t have to worry because at least the mornings and evenings are still cool enough to deem a sweater or jacket necessary. Who would have thought sweaters, jackets, scarves and warm hats were the makings of a good Kenyan wardrobe!