I had heard the wind blowing from both my bed and the bathtub. I had tried to discern whether rain was falling as well, but the erratic sounds created by the gusting wind made it difficult to tell one way or the other. I could have easily opened the blinds and looked, but there was something more fun about guessing. So I listened for clues.
Often, in the early morning quiet, I can hear the pitter-patter of raindrops on my roof. This time, however, any pittering or pattering that might have been heard was camouflaged by the wind’s continuous roar and the eerie whistles from its encounters with architectural obstacles.
I stood by my south facing window, where garbage cans, usually kept under the eaves, reverberate like drums when struck by raindrops from the roof. Either it wasn’t raining, or the trash cans had been moved by my landlord or blown away by the wind. I could detect no drumbeats from the other side of the window.
Sometimes I can perceive rain by listening for a ringing sound as drops hit the metal vent pipe for the bathroom exhaust fan. Unfortunately, that test was not working in the blustery wind, either. The flap on the vent was banging so loudly in the turbulence that no ringing could have been heard even if it were raining outside.
Finally, with my usual resources failing me, I went to the door and opened it cautiously. Immediately, I saw wind-driven clouds racing through the sky like those captured with time-lapse photography. The porch steps were completely wet, indicating that it had rained earlier; but a quick arm extension established that only a light rain was falling at that moment.
My curiosity satisfied at last, I closed the door and grabbed a towel to dry my wet hand. While my little game had been fun, it would have been far more expedient to go directly to the door for verification. How often, I wondered, do I play the same sort of game when dealing with other people rather than just going directly to them?
When you want information, do you opt for expediency or games?
How do you deal with other people?
Do you play games looking for clues or go directly to the person for verification?
What relationships in your life could use more verification and fewer games?