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In India, monsoon is referred to as "a season of winds;"
when it arrives, it stays for four months. It is a season
of rebirth and promise. Monsoon sends water to the desert.

The land gets extremely hot (like 120o F. or so); the hot air
rises and creates a vacuum. The ocean breeze comes in and
forms clouds, and the rain drenches the land.

The mountain forest gets about 20 inches of rain per year.
Some parts of India average 38 feet of rain per year.

Your brilliant writer watched a television program about the
monsoon in India. It showed a land so dry it was nearly void
of vegetation. The small reptiles would come out at night to
look for insects.

People (mostly women) walked for miles and miles to find
water, usually muddy (and probably contaminated), to carry
home on their heads. They were bare-footed, and dust puffs
arose with each step. Their skin was parched, like the land
where they lived. Their food supply became perilously low
each year. There is always loss of life while they wait.
Their only hope was that the monsoon would arrive soon

The land became hotter and hotter, the breezes came in from
the sea, and the clouds began to form. The rain came! There
was celebration, there were smiles, there was work! In the
cities, there were umbrellas; in rural areas, only smiles.
Growers could plant their rice, knowing that it would grow
and be harvested before the next dry time.

The parched land burst into new, green growth, followed by
brilliant wildflowers. Frogs would emerge from their
hibernation burrows. They would eat, mate, lay their eggs,
eat some more, then dig their burrows for the next dry time.

Birds built nests of dry grasses, mated, hatched, nurtured,
and fed the small tender worms to their young. Water birds
arrived in great flocks, and fed on the tiny fish that had
waited for the water, hatched, and hadn't grown much. They
built their nests, mated, and fed the new batches of tiny
fish to their young. The remaining fish spawned and stored
their eggs in the mud where they would hatch at the next
monsoon. All the young birds were taught to fly, before the
next dry time.

The lives of the people and animals, as well as the plants,
were lived according to the cycles of the monsoon. There is
a kind of poetry to that rhythmic life-style. All living
entities must adjust to the vagaries of nature, each area of
our planet presenting different challenges.

If we had no electricity, no heat or air conditioning, no
motor transport, how would we be able to perform the duties
that now fill our needs?

A list of true necessities and ways to acquire them would
provide deep insights into one of our most precious
attributes: resourcefulness.

Try it. Stock up (in your lists) all the things needed by
you, your parents, your siblings, and your community, before
the next dry time.

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