I Love a Rainy Walk

Rainy-Book

My sweetheart and I got caught in a downpour while we were in San Antonio.  We had been attending separate conference meetings all day when we just happened to bump into each other in one of the noisy and crowded hallways of the hotel where the event was being held.  We looked at each and said, “Let’s get out of here and see the city.”

As we walked outside to catch a taxi, deep dark clouds were just beginning to gather near us to the west of the hotel.  Our goal was to walk the city’s famous (and obviously outdoor) Riverwalk and we considered the possibility that we might see some rain but, as we had packed no raincoats or umbrellas, it mattered little…and so we went.

We had no idea where to tell the taxi driver to drop us off, so we let him decide for us.  He suggested a big hotel that included a back door with outside stairs that dropped down into a cavernous walkway that would allow us to meander among a number of great restaurants and shops.  Large, heavy drops of rain were just beginning to hit the sidewalk as we paid the fare and ran inside the hotel lobby.

Eventually, we found the back door and opened it – there was not another soul in sight to question and we had no real idea where we were going.   As the door was about to close, I noticed a sign which read, “This door to remain locked at all times.  You must use your hotel key for readmittance.”  We had no hotel key and, by this time, the rain was coming down in sheets.  We looked up into the sky and down into the winding staircase that led to the river below, and then I held that door and read the sign aloud one more time.

“Are you ready?” I said.  “There’s no going back.  We let that door close and it is down those stairs in the rain, okay?”

“Where do they lead?” she said.  “Is there a place to get out of the rain once we get down there?”

No idea.  Because it was a high and winding outdoor staircase, there was no way to tell what was at the bottom.  And, it was raining harder now and the wind was starting to blow the rain through the door and into the hotel.  We had to stay or go, but close the door either way.

And then, in one of those cinematic moments that I swear could not have been scripted more perfectly, she said, “Let’s walk in the rain.”

So we did.  And I’ll never forget it.

Father Knows Five 4-11-14

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1.  Here is a wonderfully creative clip that introduces us to Chip Kidd’s new book, Go, about design for children.  We met him at the ABC Children’s book conference in San Antonio earlier this week and really enjoyed his perspective on things:

2.  Here is a classic treasury of great children’s poems and rhymes that we are reading before bedtime at home this week.  After I read, I made (the good) mistake of leaving it at the end of our 9-year old’s bed as I said goodnight and left the room – and a half hour later she was still reading from it to her older sister.

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3.  Speaking of poetry, I had no idea that April is always Poetry Month.  Here is a great idea for your classroom – a “Poet-Tree” – for all of our favorite teachers out there:

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4.  I can’t talk about poetry for children without thinking about Where the Sidewalk Ends and its fascinating author, Shel Silverstein.  His website, http://www.shelsilverstein.com/, is so much fun!

5.  Anyone remember this great book?  I found it at a bookstore in Seattle a few months ago and it brought back some great boyhood memories so I had to purchase it:

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