Easter Rainbow

I’m hoping you’ve all had a memorable Easter with family and friends.  The weather was cooperative which should’ve made it safe for extended travel, and I’d say at least a third of the people I know were doing just that.

Living in an age where children usually go where the better jobs are, we find parents traveling to cities like Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, along with a handful of other metro areas that are less than a day’s driving distance from River City.   I’m discovering all the more parents being the ones hitting the road to see their children, versus their kids making the drive back to their roots.

I decided to head out of town early this morning to a church service, and after enduring a very weak sermon given by its pastor, I scolded myself from not following thru with my originally planned Sunrise Service in another community which started at 6:30 am.  Since that particular church is at least a 45 minute drive from here, I would’ve had to be on the road by 5:30 am just so I’d comfortably arrive before their bells began to toll.

One thing I’ve noticed when traveling to area churches, is that no matter how far away they are, it never fails that I happen to see someone I know.  About two months ago I just happened to unknowingly sit behind a man who was on the wrong side of a transaction with me several years ago, and when he turned around to see who just sat down, he gave me a look as if he was seeing a ghost.  I could tell my being there was making him squirmy, and yet it didn’t bother me the least being seating behind him and his wife the entire time.

Before heading back to my office, I decided to stop at McDonald’s to see if a dear family I know were there since knowing they stop there more often than not on Sunday mornings. Sure enough, they were in their huddle, so I walked in, sat down, and had my long overdue visit.  They’re all clever-minded and always having something to say that gives everyone else something to laugh about.

I was roasting one of them when telling him I ran into some friends of his several weeks ago and was told that for years, he’s been doing many good deeds in quite ways for those in need.  I broke into the subject by saying, “I recently heard you’ve been diligently working on your wings.”  The puzzled look he gave me was a classic because he had absolutely no idea what I was talking about.

After I gave them their much deserved Easter hug, I headed back to my office and placed a call to an out of State well known just to ask about her Easter plans along with wishing her a Happy Easter since I didn’t send anyone cards this year.  We had a good chat about current events, recent happenings, and nearly everything in between.

Since it was nearing noontime, I figured it best to get back to my planned project for today.  It took me a while to get myself in the mood, but once I got into the swing of it, the hours moved by quickly.  I did manage to get more work done than I’d expected considering my late start, but all the happier I put a big dent in what needed to get done.

Believe it or not, as I was heading out the door this morning, I happened to notice a rainbow in the western sky, which I found all the more moving because it was Easter Morning.  Never in memory, have I ever seen a rainbow on Easter Morning which I considered today’s to be in the creepy-cool realm of things that happen unexpectedly for reasons yet to be revealed.

The above photo is one I took of it which I’ve named, “Easter Rainbow”, and rest assured, I’m keeping it as my reminder of how special it was for me on this year’s Easter morning.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.

Joe Chodur

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