Last night my 11 yr old son made the following observation:
“Dad, whoever said, ‘When it rains, it pours’ was wrong. Sometimes it just drizzles.”
He asked where the familiar idiom originated. Frankly, I didn’t know. So, I Googled it. According to UsingEnglish.com this saying means,
“When things go wrong, a lot of things go wrong at the same time.”
But the origin? What about the origin? Well, believe it or not, this statement originated with the Morton Salt Company.
The Morton Salt Company was looking for a way to promote its new product, a free flowing table salt. In 1911, the company started adding magnesium carbonate. This compound prevented the salt from clumping, even in damp weather.
The company decided to use the famous umbrella girl as their “mascot” and then set out to create a catchy pitch line. The original slogan was, “Even in rainy weather, it flows freely.” The team scrapped the idea because it was too long. After tinkering with other similar submissions, the company settled upon, “When it rains, it pours.”
After thinking about Nathan’s comment, I came to the conclusion that he’s right. Sometimes it does ‘just drizzle.’ Some days it does feel like life piles on. The morning starts out with a frantic search for the car keys, followed by a dead battery, and then a blow-out on the way to work. The boss writes you up for being late, and then you realize you forgot your wallet and lunch at home. We’ve all been there…
“When it rains, it pours.”
But is life really pouring? Maybe a bad day could be better described as ‘drizzle.’
I read reports almost daily about the persecution of Christians by ISIS. The terrorist organization produces videos of believers being beheaded. Others tell of young girls being sold as sex slaves, and why? They refuse to recant their faith in Christ. Maybe before we wallow in self-pity over a flat tire, we should count our blessings. Although Christian Conservative values are coming under attack here in America, we still enjoy many religious freedoms Middle Eastern Christians can only dream about.
I’m not discounting the fact that occasionally tragic life events smack us from all sides. In those instances, utilizing the idiom ‘When it rains, it pours’ is appropriate. But how many times have we cited the quote in response to minor grievances? The next time a day of annoyances threatens to steal our joy, let’s stop and pray for those truly suffering, whether it be Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the path of ISIS or for a loved one waging a war against a life threatening illness.
Yes, sometimes ‘When it rains, it pours,’ But keep in mind, sometimes, it’s ‘just drizzle.’