This is a lovely thing. That smell wafting from the ground is called petrichor. I call it earth and minerals, a vital essence. I tell the girls to inhale it deeply. We talk about thunder, how it can be nice and comforting when it's quiet. They see that, I think. Madeleine wants to know if lightning can be comforting. It depends on you, I told her. Do you like it? I think, she nods. As long as I'm not outside. That's good.
So when people say “I’m not doing anything with my life,” what I hear is “I’m not doing anything of value with my life….when I think of the value that I appreciate and that I create…what matters to me most is how much I love people, and how much the people that I love love me.
-- Hank Green