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“Now we’re really going to get some water, woman.”


The woman who was preparing supper, replied, “Yes, God willing”. The older boys were working in the field, while the smaller ones were playing near the house until the woman called to them all, “Come for dinner”. It was during the meal that, just as Lencho had predicted, big drops of rain began to fall. In the north-east huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. The air was fresh and sweet. The man went out for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body, and when he returned he exclaimed, ‘‘These aren’t raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins. The big drops are ten cent pieces and the little ones are fives.’’



In the second paragraph, Lencho addresses another character of the story: his wife. He tells her that they are going to get some water, referring to the impending rain. He is remaining hopeful that a good rain would help them with their harvest. As seen in the previous paragraph, the corn field promised a good harvest, and all that it needed was some good rain.


The wife responds to Lencho's observation by saying "God willing", suggesting that she also hopes for the same. One could see the importance the duo had placed on their agricultural land. They knew that their lives depended on the harvest, while the harvest's life depended on the rain.

The narrator explains that the woman was making supper while she had the exchanges with Lencho. This suggests that the day was nearing its end. The woman then called out to her sons to come and have their dinner. While it is unclear as to how many kids they had, it is evident from the paragraph that their kids were all sons. The narrator explains that the older boys were working in the field and the younger ones were playing near the home.


During their supper, as Lencho had predicted earlier, big drops of rain had begun to fall. The narrator observes that "huge mountains" of rainy clouds could be seen approaching from the north-east, and the air smelled fresh and sweet. Here, the phrase "huge mountains of clouds" is a metaphor, which suggests that the clouds were enormous. He also explains how excited and happy Lencho was, and states that Lencho went out solely to enjoy the sensation of rain on his skin


When Lencho returned, he spoke to his family in excitement. He said the they weren't raindrops falling from the sky; instead, those were fresh money. The large drops were ten cent coins and the little ones were five cent coins. Lencho compares the rain drops to money because it was the rain that would eventually lead to a good harvest, which in turn, would yield them good money.

Meanings of difficult words:
Sl. No
SupperAn evening meal, typically a light or informal one
God willingUsed to express a wish or hope
CoinA flat disc or piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money
CentA monetary unit in various countries, equal to one hundredth of a dollar, euro, or other decimal currency unit

National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). First Flight. A Letter to God-G.L.Fuentes (pg. 1 - 7). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.