Today we saw a rainbow like I’d never, and Mythankfulboy had never, seen before. It was brilliant and crisp, and for a while it was even doubled. We could see it arch from earth to earth, and could even see each color through a stand of trees. It was a WOW moment. The moment was particularly nice because B is sick with fever and sore throat, and he had asked to go out and get water ice to make his throat feel better, and to get out of the house a bit.
Later, a friend of mine posted a moving clip of Maya Angelou talking about being thankful for the rainbows you’re given among the clouds of life, and about being a rainbow for other people out in the world. Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nYXFletWH4 – it’s only 2 minutes, and packed full of meaning and emotion. It felt like a message, and a beautiful one.
So, of course I shared the video with B at the chalice lighting. He smiled widely at me and said, “Cool”, as he does when something is touching. All through the rest of the discussions we had during the time set aside for our thankfulness ritual we looked for opportunities to say “Be a rainbow” whenever we could (unplanned, but it built momentum quickly). We talked about a grade he’d earned that made him proud, about struggles I’ve had today with technology, about the new Xbox One Plants vs. Zombies game he got (and which he lifted up as the thing for which he was thankful, incidentally), about the support we have of local friends, about baseball tryouts, and about his being sick. Somehow we managed to get a “Be a rainbow” into each topic, even if only to remind me to be rainbow and not a cloud when I whined about technology.
And I was thankful for Maya Angelou. Talk about a rainbow for the world!