“Don’t forget your umbrella and beware of the winter blues.” This was the first piece of advice from the people of Oregon, northwest of the US, which they told me before I even arrived.
I laughed from the bottom of my heart and said: “Don’t they know that we pray for rain and welcome it and that we even prepare ourselves for rain by selecting our destinations in the desert and light a fire and prepare coffee as we await the guest that’s coming from afar?”
I arrived to Oregon, the city where it rains for around 11 months. I thought I had found what I was looking for until a few months later when my relationship with winter and rain began to change. The rain which we waited for in Najd became frequent and dominant.
Check on your loved ones during all seasons, but check twice on them in winter.Turki Aldakhil