By Sam Horn, Sports Editor

It’s that time of year again. Yes, our nation has graced us with football, but that’s beside the point for now. There’s another place and time for that.

With fall here, I can only help but admire what’s happening outside. Every second, the grass accumulates more and more water. And it’s all because of something special called rain.

The state of Washington is known for its rain and rightly so. It rains 150 days out of the year here. There are two things you can do after hearing that mind-blowing statistic.

The first option is to scream and pound on your wall if you hate rain. If you fall under this category of person, you will probably move away to some sunny state in the South. Have fun with that.

Your second option is to smile and embrace the notion that it rains here in Tacoma about 150 days. Hearing the rain gracefully fall on your window sill is without a doubt one of the most peaceful sounds known to the human ear.

All you want to do is fall asleep. I can’t blame you.

Rain can certainly act as a remedy for certain aspects of life. If you’re having issues finishing your homework on a rainy day, don’t panic. Just take a minute and hear the rain knock at your doorstep.

It’s beckoning for you to step outside and give it a giant, enveloping hug. Don’t be afraid of it. It won’t bite.

Last year, I was studying for a religion exam. I had been studying for about three consecutive hours and my brain simply couldn’t handle memorizing what the term ‘exodus’ means and where Jesus was born. I had to take a break.

As I closed my book, my eyes traveled to the opposite side of my room. There, smiling at me in all of its intoxicating, natural beauty was the rain. I took one look at the rain and instantly grabbed my bright yellow Patagonia rain jacket.

I ran outside and jumped around in the rain. The rain engulfed me with its large drops of water, and I was smitten. I didn’t want to leave. There was no way I was going back inside and studying for my religion exam.

As fall settles in, there’s no way Pacific Lutheran University can avoid the rain. But that’s a good thing. We need to appreciate the rain more. It’s a way of life for Washingtonians, and all we can do is accept it into our lives. There’s no way around it.

If you’re thinking about moving away because of the rainy weather here, think again. The next time it rains, think about how soothing it is. The rain is here to be our friend, not our worst enemy. The next time it rains, just think of how lucky we are.

At least we’re not in Arizona, where it could potentially be more than 100 degrees with not a drop of rain in sight. That’s a depressing picture, or maybe I just have to admit that the rain has turned me into a true Washingtonian.

Whatever the case may be, I am certain of one thing: I love the rain. ◼︎

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