Even as an adult, I’m still in awe every time I see a rainbow in the sky. How do they form and why don’t we see them everyday? Many of us are aware that the symbol of a rainbow represents the LBGTQ community, which in my opinion, seems so fitting. However, when I see a rainbow, I like to think it’s a symbol for “at the moment, everything is right in my life.” I hesitate to mention this because I’m pretty sure that feeling was not what the LBGTQ community had in mind when they chose the rainbow to represent themselves. Nevertheless, I think many will agree that the rainbow is a positive symbol and I hope that it’s not offensive to feel the way I do every time I see one.
I have been searching online for a particular rainbow shirt because my recent affinity for rainbows has given me a retro feeling. I remember when my cousin Jay-Jay and I were young - 7 or 8 years old - rainbow shirts were the rage. She got a rainbow shirt and I wanted one too. I knew my mom felt the pressure to get one for me but at the time, those shirts were trendy which meant that they were expensive. My mom refused to spend much on clothes so I think it was years before I finally got a rainbow shirt. Of course, the fad had long faded by then.
The reason rainbows have resurfaced as one of my favorite symbols these days is because I was recently moved by one. Last October, I was stressed out one evening when I was helping a family in need. A former teacher for both of my kids was caring for her terminally ill husband and two young boys. I signed up to bring them a home cooked meal and at the time, my calendar wasn’t full. As the meal due date approached, my schedule got totally crazy. Well, I think I should admit that I forgot to allot time not only for preparing the meal, but for delivering it too. I also needed to be somewhere else at the exact time. Typical. The reason I was sweating bullets to get this meal to them asap is because I remembered when my kids were two and four years old we HAD to eat at 530p or else all hell would break loose! I was able to deliver the meal on time and was racing to the next activity when I looked up at the sky and saw an amazing rainbow. Instantly, I felt like it was a warm hug. Like someone was trying to say, “At this very moment, everything is right in your life.” I actually thanked the rainbow for appearing because I needed that reminder, that hug. Simultaneously, I also felt like the rainbow was a thank you gift - it was a reward for my help.
When I was shopping in Atlanta, I bought a stack of rainbow cards. I couldn’t help but think about the many ways I could use these cards. Well, they came in handy for our St. Patrick’s Day thoughtful pinches this year. I was disappointed when I went to buy the lottery tickets because the stores were not selling any $1 tickets that pertained to LUCK and/or were not the color green. None of the lottery tickets for sale fit my St. Pat’s Day theme. I was determined; I went online to see if there was anything I can do about it. No such luck! I was able to pair the rainbow cards with the lottery tickets by writing things like, “I hope this ticket brings you closer to the pot o’ gold at the end of your rainbow.” or “May you find your pot o’ gold at the end of this rainbow.”
Another rainbow pinch idea is to fill this wallet up with some gift cards. For example, a $5 Starbucks card and a $10 Target card. The dollar amount for each venue is not important but it gives the recipient the idea of using it for the many gift cards they may accumulate. Again, “pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow” would work well for this theme. It’s a pinch that would be loved for any occasion, not just for St. Patty’s Day.
Maybe rainbows keep popping up all around me because there is a lot that is right in my life these days. I came across my Kate Spades when I was figuring out what to pack for our Spring Break trip. Although these shoes are almost a decade old, they are timeless and classic. The shoes reminded me that everything was not right in Kate Spade’s life so in her honor (and because I’m giddy about rainbows these days), I will wear these on vacation for sure! These shoes are comfortable, they add color to any drab outfit and they give me height. Thank you Kate Spade, you are missed!
If I could, I would change my name to Bow, short for Rainbow - like the character on the show Blackish. But in our house, that would be one too many Bow/Beau(s). Besides, rainbows are about peace and serenity according to Sunsigns.org and that name doesn’t fit me at all. Fine, I won’t change my name. Instead, I will buy that retro rainbow shirt and wear my rainbow shoes. At this moment, everything is right in my life.