I found this photo from Suzanne Martin Gadrim on Pinterest and felt it would be a perfect illustration for two of yesterday’s daily prompt words: “pink,” from My Vivid Blog, and “rainbow,” from Ragtag Daily Prompt.
I watched it as it formed, a double rainbow, in front of a beautiful sunset sky of red, pink, orange, and violet. My wife and I were standing on the dunes overlooking the water caressing the shoreline.
My wife squeezed my hand. “This is stunning,” she said. “I am in awe. I cannot understand how you can witness something as magnificent as this and still deny the existence of God.”
“There’s nothing supernatural about what we’re looking at,” I said. “As to the colors of the sky, when the sun is low on the horizon at sunset, sunlight has to travel through more of the atmosphere to reach us. When the light from the setting sun hits the atmosphere, it is scattered, particularly when dust, smoke, and other pollutants are in the air. So by the time the sunlight reaches our eyes, there is generally more of the red and yellow parts of the spectrum, rather than the blue, that is visible.
“And rainbows are formed when sunlight enters rain droplets. There is a slowing down and bending of the light as it goes from air to denser water. The light reflects off the inside of the droplet, separating into its component wavelengths, or colors. When light exits the droplet, it makes a rainbow. See, nothing magical or mystical about it.”
My wife dropped my hand from hers and said, “Why are you always so damn logical all the time? You suck all the magic and wonder out of everything.” Then she turned around and walked away, leaving me standing there all alone.
Next time I think I’ll just say “Yes, dear,” to whatever she says. You know, happy wife, happy life.