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Seeing a rainbow is always a wow moment. At least it is for me. Yes, there is science behind it. The simplest explanation being "when sunlight is scattered from raindrops into the eyes of the person viewing it."
But there is something magical watching this colorful arc on the sky and imagining where its two ends are. Don't you ever get the urge to head to where you perceive the ends to be?
I remember as a child my parents would always call us whenever a rainbow forms right after the rain. And we would stand and stare at it for as long as we can, watching until we finally get bored and run off to play.
However, I don't recall having watched a rainbow disappear from the sky.
Until driving home one day, late in the afternoon, and there looming before me was a rainbow. I know it's dangerous to be distracted by something so pretty while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
But it was directly in front of me and the more I drove towards it, the bigger the smile on my face.
You couldn't really see all its seven colors clearly, and when I think about, from afar, ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) aren't all visible to the naked eye. We've just been predisposed to thinking they're there because that's what a rainbow is supposed to look like.
Anyway, I was completely taken by surprise when I saw one end of the rainbow slowly disappearing. Yes, it's as if it was being erased a little at a time from the sky, left to right.
So shocked was I by the sight that I decided to pull over to the side of the road and watch the entire spectacle transpiring before me. It didn't take very long before the rainbow was completely wiped out from the sky. Wow!
That was pleasant surprise number one.
On another drive along Roxas Boulevard, I was headed towards the Port Area from Ermita and I was caught in a heavy shower. It didn't really matter because I was already close to my destination.
As the car crossed Kilometer 0, which is right in front of the Rizal Shrine in Luneta, there was no rain!
But when I looked at the rearview mirror, it was raining like crazy behind me!!!
There was literally a straight line where the rain and no rain zone met. I think my jaw dropped at the sight and experience.
What were the chances I would get to see such a phenomenon? It was totally awesome!
That's pleasant surprise number two.
And I have never seen another like it again.
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Often, we are not aware of things happening around us because our mind is preoccupied by a myriad of thoughts, worries, ideas and we miss out on quiet surprises that can lift our spirit.
I'm quite surprised by how many of these pleasant memories come to mind now. Perhaps then I wasn't as mindful, but I do remember them when I sit thoughtfully, pondering life and how different it is today.
There is still much to be grateful for even as living today has become limited, with so many restrictions while the world battles a pandemic.
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