I explain how the smell of the marigolds is yucky to bugs and will help keep our plants safe. My girls take turns smelling the flowers and seem to like the scent. "I guess you're not bugs," I say with a wink.
They help Daddy get the extra water off the awning. Together they push a stick up under the pooled water and it comes whooshing off with a splat. "A waterfall!" shouts my 3 and a half year old (as she now identifies herself).
We keep playing until we are quite wet. There is no sign of a break in the rain.