Ever since I can remember, rainbows have had a special place in my heart. Their beauty has always fascinated me. I have always chased rainbows my whole life, searching for that imperviable pot of gold. If I would be having a bad day and look up and see a rainbow, everything would be all right, if even just in my head. I have never lost that enthusiasm when I see a rainbow and I geek out just as much now as a 45 year old as I did as a ten year old.
A rainbow is defined as: An arch of colors visible in the sky, caused by the refraction and dispersion of the sun’s light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere. The colors of the rainbow are generally said to be red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
A couple of years ago, a friend shared a post on Facebook of a rainbow phenomenon in my town, a horizontal rainbow on a clear day. It immediately sparked my curiosity and I put that on my photo bucket list. I have often looked up at the sky during the same time of day to see one but had not…until a couple of days ago.
The other day, my friend Bill sent me sent me a message that said, “Just a heads up Wayne passed this morning.” Though I was not close with Wayne, a mutual friend of ours that died last September was really close to him. As a matter of fact, our friend’s funeral was the last time I had seen Wayne. We had a bit of a stupid falling out years ago and never spoke again. I found out this news just as I was getting my youngest to bed. A few minutes after laying her down, she yelled to me from upstairs, something about a rainbow. You wanna get me moving? Just shout out “Rainbow!” and tell me to get my camera. I raced upstairs to see what my youngest was calling me for, and see this out of the window:
Not only was it a horizontal rainbow, but a 22 degree halo, of which I’ve had the pleasure of shooting a few times in my life. I stood outside, admiring the rainbows and thinking of my old acquaintance, and feeling bad that we stopped talking years ago. It made me realize that life really is too short, as now I say good-bye to yet another person that is younger than me. As I watched the rainbow starting to fade, I also thought about our friend AJ that passed in September, and I imagined that the disappearing rainbow was Wayne’s soul drifting on to its next adventure, wherever it is that our souls go on to.
I sat there a few moments on the edge of my neighbor’s front yard, gazing at the rainbows in wonderment. I was sad, but also a bit at peace. It’s hard to articulate into words, the thoughts I was thinking as I was chasing these rainbows. I saw the rainbows as a sign, that somewhere, there IS peace and comfort to those who are suffering. I am sad that the day I got to cross off this rainbow on my bucket list was a day that a friend died, but I am happy that my youngest saw it and alerted me to it, for if she hadn’t, it would have been missed by me.
Life can be trying at times, we all know this. All of us have problems and struggles in one way or another here on Earth. You only need to look up now and then to see the beauty you may be missing while you have your head down in sadness. Life is short and should not be filled with petty arguments that make people never speak again. One day, those arguments will not matter at all, as we face our time to go. As I watched this rainbow fade, it gave me hope that our souls may go somewhere after here, and that Life does not just end when Death happens.