MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Rainy + Monday = A Carpenters’ hit

“Rainy Days and Mondays” always seems to be the go-to song when we have wet starts to the work week and we end up with the lovely, dreary ear worm with Karen Carpenter’s voice chewing inside our heads.

It’s an odd morning with a luscious 36-degrees bathing us in less frigid temperatures, sprinkling rain, an odd steel-blue sky, and a breeze keeping the wind chimes dancing as though it’s summer. Their song is much lighter than what I’ve heard the past several weeks, not laden with ice and severe cold.

I’m loving this weather; it’s suspiciously like a chilly summer evening storm rolling in. In fact, I turned off the furnace. Fresh, refreshening and cleansing breezes fill the house, giving me a boost on numerous levels.

And, I can listen to the several cardinals serenading me.

The Girls finished their post-breakfast potty and yard adventures and are now back in the guest bedroom, primping and pampering themselves for their morning siesta while I teach. Erma has finished and the old girl is already snoring away on her pallet.

Chief will be another ten minutes of slowly and casually exploring the backyard, perhaps recalling the days he chased rabbits and squirrels, running to the chain link fence to defend The Haasienda of any offenders walking along adjacent Rockhill Road.

9:15 AM, I’ll move to my place of honor before my classroom issued camera to teach four hours with fascinating college students.

There are three ten-minute breaks between the fifty-minute classes where I can dash to the bathroom, let out the dogs, retrieve my two separate Instacart orders from the front porch and put away, and be back in my seat with a fresh smile for the next class.

Then, I’ll enjoy an hour break before diving into teaching fourteen voice students.

Mondays that are mixed with rain might seem the perfect time to dip in spirits, especially with dark, cloudy skies; but this morning’s particular combination has an energy buzzing through it.

I’ll take it.

“Hangin’ around (hangin’ around)
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”

Today, don’t be a drippy Karen! Do your best to suck it up and make it a great day!


About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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