Monday, October 7, 2013
It's Raining Cats and Dogs, Mostly Dogs
We get so much water that the gutters in streets flood. But don't let a little water stop you from riding your moto scooter. The Dominicans put on shower caps to keep their hair dry. Some take plastic garbage bags and make rain coats out of them as well as hats to cover their hair. Some drive holding an umbrella.
The elders, Gary and I were on our way to a discussion. The clouds gathered and the winds blew and the sky opened and poured the rain down on us. The rain is a warm rain, so it is a nice relief from the heat. We saw a young man, probably about 12 years old, lather up with his soap and then rinse off with the rain water that was pouring from the roof of his house. That is how some of the people bathe.
Did I mention that there are lots of dogs here. . .they wander around the streets without any leashes. No one really seems to own them. They don't go into the houses (at least I haven's seen any go inside). The odd thing is that they will lie down and just go to sleep in the middle of the road. One night we were on our way home from bringing the sister missionaries home. We looked down a street and saw six lumps on the road. What could that be? Our eyes continued to strain to see what it was. Pretty soon, we noticed a dog walk down the road, then lay down near the other dogs in the road. Mystery solved, the lumps were dogs. We wondered if it really did rain cats and dogs in the Dominican Republic.