The Rainbow Connection

June 29, 2013 Rainbow

June 29, 2013 Rainbow

Last night, I enjoyed the most beautiful and perfect rainbow I have ever seen.

It arrived exactly on the anniversary of last year’s June 29 derecho, the scariest storm I’ve ever experienced.

Ironically, the events of both evenings were similar.

Last year, I was supervising my daughter and her best friend as they swam. Last night, I was at a pool party where my daughter and her best friend were once again swimming. doublerainbowAnd, last night, just like the year before, a sudden and unexpected storm blew in.

Unlike last year’s storm, which brought fallen trees, downed power lines and electrical outages, last night’s storm brought the perfect rainbow, and for a few minutes, a double rainbow.

It also brought a reminder.

Sometimes, the only thing we get from weathering life’s storms is the strength we find in our struggles. But sometimes we get a brief glimpse at all the beauty and hope that the world offers.

Standing in awe of nature last night, I was also reminded that in addition to symbolizing promise, the rainbow also symbolizes diversity and inclusiveness.

Not only did the rainbow shine bright on the anniversary of the derecho, it also served as the ending punctuation mark on a historical week.

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court delivered a victory for gay rights. It ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and effectively allowed same-sex marriages in California.

The fight for equality may not be over, but those decisions, like the rainbows, hold promise.

Thinking of that, a song from my childhood has been stuck in my head all day. Unlike some songs, which can be rather annoying, “The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie is simply making me smile.

The Rainbow Connection by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
 What’s so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell. We know that it’s probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

About Trina Bartlett

I live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV, with one dog, two cats, a theater kid in high school, a band kid at West Virginia University and a husband who works strange hours. When I'm not working as a director at a nonprofit social service organization or being a mom, I can generally be found riding my bike, walking my dog and stirring things up.

Posted on June 30, 2013, in current affairs, My life and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Just lovely!! I thought of you the other day, actually, when there was a prediction of possible derechos. I remembered your post after the storm. This one is even better, because of the hope and optimism that it brings. Thank you!

  2. One of the best songs ever.

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