These February rains remind me of the Texas drought last August!
A Draught Inspired Theme!
Back in August, after months of scorching, dry weather in Texas, I decided to use "rain" as a theme for The Quilt Group. I dragged in books, poems and movies with Rain themes. I printed pictures of clouds and umbrellas and storms. I even brought in an Indian drum and some shakers to help with a rain dance!
We closed the blinds to make it darker and stormish. Catherine and Charlotte created the sound of rain to help us imagine how wonderful a rainfall would be.
Drumming up Some Rain
We accompanied the drumming sounds on a CD of Native American music, to create our own musical Rain Dance! This was all in good humor, as you can tell by Harriet's expression. (R)
We came up with as many songs as we could remember with "rain" in them. We did our best trying to remember the words to "Singing in the Rain" and we even chanted "The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain"
Now and then I added a little drama to our zaniness and peeked through the blinds only to tell them sadly. "Nope. We must not be trying hard enough."
You can see the brightness through the closed blinds when Charlotte stood up from the table to rattle the shaker while we sang, "Raindrops keep Fallin' on my Head". It was in the middle of that song that we heard it...
Did you hear that??!
I interrupted the song, because I heard a rumble. I ran to the window and raised the blinds! The sky had turned black and rain was gushing over the roof gutters! Our group squealed and took full credit!
"The Quilt Group Made Rain!"
Those are the words I shouted as I opened the door of our private dining room to the residents out in the main living area of Silverado. Residents and staff were already moving towards windows and glass doors. The cheers and gasps of surprise were as corny and overplayed as the characters in the musical, "110 in the Shade".
I hollered out to the celebrating crowd that we folks of the Quilt Group would be taking all credit! A few flowed into our room to join us for a little more drum pounding and cheering!
What did I learn that day, 6 months ago?
Something simple, that we all know...positive thinking pays off!
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.