It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

It was a Mother’s Day I will never forget! We were finishing up Kids’ Club, and as we went to the car, a thunderstorm hit. It started to pour! I soon discovered that my windshield wipers weren’t working, but since I wanted to get out of the neighborhood where the dirt roads were quickly turning into a muddy river, I inched my way along to the asphalt road. Another Alliance worker was behind me, so I ran to her car, told her my situation, and said I was just going to drive home very slowly. Hardly anyone is out on the roads during a rainstorm, or I wouldn’t have attempted it otherwise. She said she would follow me, and in that 10-second exchange, I was drenched to the skin.

I soon discovered that with the pounding rain, I couldn’t see a thing out of my windshield! However, if I stuck my head out the window, I could see well enough to drive—with the raindrops beaming me in the face and on the head as I plugged along. Until I turned a corner and was driving into the rain—then it was back to no vision. I knew I only had to drive in that direction one more time, so at the next stop, I ran back to Sue and asked her to lead me when I had to go that direction again. She did, and all was fine as I pulled back into the lead to go down the final road to home.

Still driving along slowly with my head stuck out the window, inching along a paved road that still seemed as though we were working our way up a muddy river, I listened to my children.“I want my blankie!” “Are you sure we’re going to get home? Why don’t we just call Dad and tell him to come and get us.”

“Yes, children, we’ll get home—don’t you see Mommy driving with her head stuck out the window? Don’t worry, we’ll get home soon.

“I’m so glad that I have a Mom like you!” my son exclaimed.

Feeling confident at this moment, I kept on going. Then, some guy behind me decided he thought I was going too slowly. So, he passed me.

Do you know what’s coming? As he passed, a wall of muddy water broadsided me, poured into my side of the vehicle and got most of the kids wet as well. We all yelled, “AAAAHHHHH!!!!”, and then I started laughing hilariously as I just couldn’t believe that this happened and that I didn’t think about what would happen if someone passed me beforehand!

We pulled into our courtyard, Sue helped me run the kids in the house, and that adventure was behind us. Now you know what to do (and what not to do) in an African rainstorm.

—by an Alliance international worker serving in Burkina Faso


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