Last weekend we enjoyed some small town living with the Greens. We meandered through the town square, let the dogs frolic at the reservoir, and played football in between cups of coffee.
It wasn’t with my mom and I miss her dearly… But in the losses are also glimpses of gratitude for what I have. And GG and Papa are some of the best kind of people around. Lots of conversation and the occasional fart joke. Good times. Good people. Smelly dogs. Full hearts.
One positive aspect of social media is the ability to feel connected to a loved one after they’re gone.
I can sign in to Facebook and look at my mom’s beautiful face. In a video I can hear her infectious laugh. I can see her dear friends post about her lovely spirit. And I can read posts she wrote herself, imagining her voice as I read.
Today, I looked at her Facebook photos and something stopped me at this rainbow.
“Lovely little storm just flitted by, dropped a few raindrops on my patio, and left me with a rainbow. I really appreciate the rainbow.” – Debby Susan Mosher 8/10/2016
What a simple and powerful statement.
But life doesn’t always give us rainbows. Sometimes we have to make our own.
So I told my family I was feeling funky today. I needed to be outside and to somehow connect to the energy and space around me.
We went to the dog park.
We drank afternoon coffee.
We rode our bikes.
We had a paint gun battle.
And in all of this, my funk is still slightly there but I can feel a shift in my presence. I can feel a lighter energy on the horizon – maybe after a family snuggle sesh and good night’s sleep.
Perspective is everything. Seeing the storm as lovely and appreciating the moment no matter the presence of rain or rainbow.
And sometimes we just have to make our own rainbows.