Symbols of hope
They say a rainbow is a symbol of hope.
Rainbows are supposed to be a positive sign. They can bring a smile to the saddest person and lighten most people’s moods.
After my husband died I used to look out for them as I wondered about the belief in ancient mythology that rainbows were a bridge between humans and the Gods.
In Greek mythology, “Iris” served as a “rainbow goddess” creating a link between humanity and heaven. Read more here
Children and Rainbows
Often when I was driving around the Bay along with my grandchildren in the back of the car I would point a rainbow to them.
We would then stop and admire the beautiful colourful arcs. Once I told them that Rainbows reminded me of their Granddad.
They were very small when he died.
When they were very little they would respond to seeing a rainbow with all sorts of questions.
“Was their Grandad sitting inside the rainbow?” “Why did he want to go there?” “Did he fall out of heaven?”
“When can we go and visit?” “What can we eat in the Rainbow?”
As they grew up that changed.
One day,we spotted a beautiful rainbow over the water as we were driving along. My eight year old grandson, as he was then, put his hand gently on my shoulder trying to console me.
He told me in a serious voice that it was okay to believe that Grandad was there, but he really wasn’t because the rainbow was made up of a reflection of light in the water droplets.
I felt my heart strings pull as I looked into his shiny bright blue eyes. How lucky was I? Grandchildren are such a gift! I wondered if we were going to have the “Santa Claus” chat soon.
I hoped he was not going to break the news that Santa was only the chubby man in the suit at the shopping Mall! I always told them I had been waiting for a Pony for Christmas since I was little and that I was positive he would remember it was me that wrote about it!
New beginnings and positivity
For me though, rainbows still give my spirits a lift.
They remind me that my late husband is safe and free from pain and somehow they are a message from above saying that things will be okay.
Yesterday, as I was driving home round the Bay through the mist and driving rain, just as I rounded a corner I was confronted with a huge rainbow.
It seemed to full the whole view between the hills in front of me and went up very high. I felt shocked and pleased all at once.
Rainbows are thought to offer new beginnings and going back in time to the story of Noah and the Ark, it was thought that the rainbow signalled the end of the flooding and the wiping out of humanity.
Rainbows can mean many different things to different cultures
I choose to believe that there is a positive influence in a rainbow and wish for many rainbows for all and one, especially during these trying times of Pandemic, Floods, Earthquakes and climate change.
Remember, the greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.
Why not be the rainbow in somebody’s day?
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