The other day it stormed in the small town I live in (and have lived in my entire life). And when I say storm, man it stormed! Rain in sheets from the sky so when I looked out the window I couldn't see anything but a watery world. Thunder that crashed and shook the house (though my old dog reacted to none of it). Lightning that lit up the blurry sky with flashes that reminded of a fast photographer's camera. It was insane. It got me excited. And I ran around my house like a kid on Christmas.
When I was little and it would storm, my sister and I would run around the house screaming and then we would get pillows and jump on them. To this day I have no idea why we did that. It was just something we did. Now, I am older and I still get excited. Maybe less jumping and running and screaming, but the emotions of a storm still hit me hard.
Maybe it is partly because I am a writer. I feel stories rise up when it storms. I can feel the rain even if it does not touch my skin. I can hear the thunder shake even if I am not outside. Maybe I picture dragons roaring through the sky, landing to shake the world with their tremendous paws. Maybe the lightning makes me think a wizard war is approaching from just beyond the treeline or if I would venture past the horizon, I could find a portal to another world, streaming with light that crackles and zips across the sky like cracks in a wall (watch out for those by the way!). Maybe a heroic figure with burst from the clouds and slam his hammer to the ground and cause a storm to swirl above as he fights off minions and monsters. Maybe I just dream too much.
I don't know. But I like storms. I like to listen to them. I like to watch them. I like to smell the rain in the air, feel the wind blowing across my skin.
I saw a quote that said, "I like storms because it lets me know that even the sky screams sometimes too." And that is exactly what I think. The sky screaming. The sky crying. The sky feeling something more than a sky should feel. Perhaps I can relate. Perhaps I feel better knowing somehow there is a connection to me and the sky.