September 6th, 2012
“Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey, whiskey makes by baby feel a little frisky, back roads are bogging up, my buddies pile up in my truck, we hunt our honeys down, we take them into town, start washing all our worries away, rain is a good thing!” – lyrics by Luke Bryan
It hasn’t rained in Swaziland since April. That’s four months where the already dry dirt has been getting dryer and dryer. It’s been really windy here lately and the dust that gets blown around is so thick I can barely see past my homestead. Well the strong winds have finally blown in some rain clouds.
It rained non-stop for four days. I have managed to collect 175 liters of water and now I’m out of buckets. A mote has formed around my hut and I’m scared to eventually emerge and try and get anywhere on the flooded dirt paths, but rain is a good thing. It really does make corn here. Since the ground gets so dry during winter no one can plow their fields and plant their maize without rain. No maize equals no food for some families, so rain is a really, really good thing. Here the maize may not make whiskey, but it does make homebrew beer, a stable at any social gathering. So here is a very happy welcome to the rainy season, may it be a long one!!