We are in the thick of southern Benin’s Big Rainy Season: approximately mid April through mid July. (There is also a Little Rainy Season in the south: about mid September to mid November.) It rains several times a week, not everyday. Most days, however, are overcast and gray which equates to gloriously cooler temperatures. The rain comes in bursts – at times light and gentle, other times heavy and violent. Significant rains cause plans to change. Open-air businesses close. Meetings are canceled. In this picture our neighbors wait for the end of a heavy rain and for the flooding in our yard to subside. In addition to the cooler weather there is one other major upside to the rain: fewer trips to the well. The buckets in front of their house sit under the eaves to catch the rain.