I started thinking about how it would be the month May in just one more day. Time surely has flown by this year!

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I was doing the parent carpool thing this morning taking my friend's daughter to school and she was telling me how it was raining a little bit on the way to my house. I looked at her with a quizzical face through my rearview mirror because it hasn't really rained in Yakima Valley since a couple of days ago (as you can see here), but if that's what she saw who I am to judge? She lives in Selah, so perhaps there were some raindrops over that way this morning?

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I started thinking about how it would be the month May in just one more day. Time surely has flown by this year!

"April Showers bring May flowers!" I said aloud from the driver's seat.

"What?" Kira said, with her little 9-year-old voice reaching a high-pitched squeak.

"Have you ever heard of that saying before, 'April showers bring May flowers'?" I inquired.

"No. What does that mean?" she asked me.

"It just means that a whole lotta rain during the month of April means lots of pretty flowers will be coming in May."

"Ohhhhhh!" Kira exclaimed.

As I drove onto the school parking lot and dropped Kira off for school, I began wondering where that famous saying came from.

I looked it up on Google and found quite a few websites that referenced the origins stemming from an old poem from some dudes in England or possibly Ireland. It sounds more like an Irish saying, I told myself, as if I was some sort of knowledgeable historian. The poem supposedly said, “Sweet April showers, do spring May flowers.”

It is supposed to be pretty sunny during the first week of May in Yakima and other parts of the Valley. It's doubtful we'll get any heavy rains but just in case, let's grab the umbrella!

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