“Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.”

26 Jul

The sun is warmer than I normally prefer, burning into my skin, causing my eyes to dance and spin as sweat quickly pools down my back. The last few days have been cool, and rainy, mysterious autumn weather mid July, and I’ve preferred that. The kiss of a rainy morning, drumming on my roof as a child burrows underneath my arm, the forced march inside of simple household chores, coloring books on the table, creatures underfoot.

The sun today, while cleansing, is nearly too bright for my aging eyes, and I find shelter underneath bowed trees. I sip coffee and ice water alternately, reading in the shade, buffered by motorcycles and the rumbling of gossip beside me. I want to stay in that spot forever, the one beside the sun, where I’ve sat year after year, growing from child to adult, from maiden to mother,  the table in front of me once full of magazines and cigarettes, now cluttered with histories and water,  my girth expanded as much as my wisdom, or so I can hope. I can see a line straining from that girl wasting time on summer mornings in a little coffee shop in the Annex, waiting for life to happen, to me now, sitting still within a life, waiting for it to stretch it’s rubber arms and sigh. She’s not so different that girl, and yet somehow, despite the lingering smell of cigarettes and quiet, she is.


7 Responses to ““Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.””

  1. flutter July 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    you are breathtaking

  2. Meagan Francis July 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    sigh. you really have a way with words. (Where is my girl of before? It’s been a looong time since I saw her.)

  3. Bon July 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    i will tell you that reading this calmed something in me, made me feel less alone.

    for whatever that’s worth to you, it was a lifeline for me tonight. 🙂

  4. thordora July 26, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    heh. What you wrote actually inspired me to thinking about that girl. 😀

  5. March July 27, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    some great food for thought. and very moved. as always 🙂

  6. Hannah July 27, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    Thank you. This post will get me through another day. Loved the quotation…It’s so unbelievably true.

  7. slouchy July 28, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    this was so vivid, and, as bon wrote, calming.

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