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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Capturing The Two Sides Of Life

  yesterday in the midst of a blazing afternoon sun, our 'old pick up truck' left to be hauled away to another home...the preceding thoughts are not necessarily  related to this event .. 

November. The month that usually makes melancholic artists of us all.
Not this year! This November has gifted us with radiantly sunny days, painting the fields a rich, emerald green hue and turning the lingering leaves into russet gold.
Of course it has had some moody, windy moments;
Moments where the sun and rain are simultaneous.

This happened the other day. We had just departed from the Walmart doors when suddenly there was the most amazing rainbow I have ever seen. ( and I didn't have my camera on me!) 
It was a complete arch and as we stared at it in amazement, we saw the second paler one and then even a hint of a third. 
It was honestly the most breathtaking thing of nature that I have seen in a very long time...( and I didn't have my camera on me!)

We got into our truck and started for home, with the rainbow leading the way in front of us. The brilliant colours juxtaposed against a stark November landscape. (and I didn't have my camera on me!)
We witnessed this miraculous art in the sky for about 10 to 15 minutes exclaiming over the  places it landed it's mythical treasured pot of gold.
Suddenly just like that it vanished. Disappeared from our view as the rains spilled from the heavens obliterating any inkling of a rainbow. 
But it had been there. we saw it, and we were blessed by it's beauty.

Somehow the rain didn't seem so bad after the rainbow concerto.


Later that evening after rainbow memories had been replaced with more urgent, pressing matters like laundry and what's for dinner, we sat together as a family to watch  Disney's animated movie Inside Out
The girls and I had planned to watch it as soon as it was out on DVD ,  we had heard it was interesting and entertaining for young and old- ehmmmm!
We weren't disappointed as we laughed and cried (okay almost!) at the emotions conveyed so humorously yet  deeply none the less.
I was particularly drawn to the fact that throughout most of  the movie, the emotions Joy and Sadness were together. The two opposite emotions helped each other, and I wondered vaguely if this was intentional, or if perhaps I was reading too far into the script. I thought of the quote...


Somehow this leads me back again to the rainbow. The rich tapestry flung across a tempestuous sky.
The joy and the sadness that must accompany one along life's highway.
Each so close like opposite sides of the same coin. Real and necessary for life to be full.
Like dazzling, unexpected rainbows...  one never knows when you'll need a camera.

                                                   photo from archives, creds to daughter with ipod:)

                                            Wishing you a blessed November day!


  1. Some of my favorite moments are the ones I have tucked away in a special corner of my mind….from my days I forgot my camera as well. Sometimes the memory is even better than the shot we would have gotten :)

  2. I agree with you Monica. It's the might of been that somehow stores it up for safe keeping!

  3. So true, Lucy, what you said about what makes life full, that is, both the joys and the sorrows. Your rainbows, although fleeting, left a lingering feeling, no doubt, of happiness.



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