Raindrops fall on the green leaves this afternoon and my thoughts wander to water. I have two small tomato plans, growing in the window, needing water and light alone to prosper. Little bristles of organic promises and wisps of petals to be grown to new leaves. It's scent, a musky and poignant one of fruitful promises. This life granted by drops of water, poured into dirt and absorbed through roots. Utterly fascinating, that such things happen from so little.
Here on Earth, we live on a planet covered by water. Over seventy percent of our world, is water. Over fifty percent of our bodies is water. Hydrogen, one of the only chemical elements not created in a star, has held a special spot for longevity among the cosmos and is a key component of water.
There's oceans, ice burgs, raindrops, evaporation and condensation, fog and hot water springs. There are a foundation of organic liquids that allow for physiology. Flesh and all life is founded on the malleability and utility of water. We sustain our bodies through copious consumption of water, we bath and Christen and swim in water. It brings life to us, while also hindering and taking it.
Rain holds special relevance in human life and across the globe, populations view rain as life granting, crop growing as well as with ominous and fearful connotations. Rain, at night, is my absolute favorite.
Water, like all substances, is made of atoms. Most water is a combination of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom; creating the molecule H2O. Hydrogen is number one on our periodic table, as it consists of only one electron and one proton and as such is the lightest atom; though it's various isotopes include a neutron or two neutrons within the nucleus (sharing it's space with the one proton constant) It's the most abundant element in the cosmos, occupying about 75% of all space. It also is highly capable of connecting to other atoms as atoms connect with other atoms via electrons in available occupancy space (like a puzzle, an atom with two electrons can connect with another that allows for the occupancy of two additional electrons). As the Hydrogen atom has only one electron, it has seven remaining connectible spaces. Water is amazing, life granting and transfixing.
This week is going to be a rainy one... You know, we never touch a thing due to atoms; all matter is opposing all other matter. The drops don't really touch your skin, they hover above the electrons of your skins atoms, shivering.