My daughter brought me a rainstick from her recent trip to Las Vegas. I love rainsticks, and I’ve wanted one for years.
For those of you who have no idea what a rainstick is, Wikipedia gives this description: A rainstick is a long, hollow tube partially filled with small pebbles or beans that has small pins or thorns arranged helically on its inside surface. When the stick is upended, the pebbles fall to the other end of the tube, making a sound reminiscent of rain falling. The rainstick is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and was played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried in the sun. The spines are removed, then driven into the cactus like nails. Pebbles or other small objects are placed inside the rainstick, and the ends are sealed. A sound like falling water is made when the rainstick has its direction changed to a vertical position.
My rainstick now sits on my desk, right beside my Oklahoma tornado, waiting for those moments when I am thinking and need something to fidget with.