Thursday, June 28, 2007

On Rainbows

At the risk of sounding sappy and hokey, I went searching for a rainbow tonight.

You see, New England (especially in my part of Massachusetts) has been in the midst of a funky heatwave. A heatwave rivaling the worst heat and humidity I experienced while living in Charleston, SC. So yes, Heather, it does reach that "it's a frickin' sauna here" level (sometimes!)

But tonight we had sweet relief in the form of the inevitable rainstorm that predictably follows a stretch of oppressive humidity. And The Rain Came Down. Bright sparks of lightening followed by loud booms of thunder along with a torrential downpour, rendering my boyz skittish, yet excited. And stopped raining. And the evening sun lighted the dreary sky.

And I? I stepped outside onto our steaming driveway, the steam rising up in wispy puffs of gray, barefoot, my feet stepping gingerly over the newly formed puddles, but at the same time striding with a purpose. Towards an elusive goal: To find a rainbow in the sky. To capture its essence and preserve its memory forever on my digital camera.

But Mother Nature had other ideas. With the distraction that is my children, the fading light of day and the dinner dishes beckoning in the kitchen sink, no rainbow made a stunning, yet fleeting appearance in my "neck of the woods" (my apologies to Al Roker). At least, none that I could spot in the time that it took to scamper out of the Trenches to search for one.

Foiled. So even though it wasn't taken with my very own camera over my very own speck of the world, this one's for you, whymommy, and you, Scarlett, and you Snickollet...

"May there always be work for your hands to do, may your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane, may a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you, may God fill your heart with a gladness to cheer you."
-Irish Blessing

The soul would have no rainbows had the eyes no tears.
-John Vance Cheney


Sarah said...

What a sweet post.

Sarah said...

What a sweet post.

Ms. Skywalker said...

Love the soul quote.

About as much as I love the way you think and write.

Heather said...

Oh pretty!

Thanks for answering my question on the humidity! One more thing I can mark off of my ignorant list!

Cara said...

I love the Irish Blessing.
We got that rainstorm here but not until late in the evining after dark. It didn't cool much off, just made it stickier.

tinamtl said...

We have the same heat wave just a little North of you here in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Great picture.

Anonymous said...

Great picture! We have that book and I love it. Awesome illustrations.


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