Monday, April 2, 2012

Rainbows and light sparklies....

              When Romyn was a year old we stayed with my parents while Daddy was away on a yearlong remote. Their living room has a huge window, and just after dinner daily the sun shines through it in just the right way onto a bowl of mirrored decorative balls. I have happy memories of my mother spinning baby Romyn around while he tried to grab the scattered sunshine with his hands. If sunlight is good for health and disposition, sun sparkles and rainbows must have the same powers, but concentrated.

            When Eric finally joined the boys and I stateside, I already had a new home picked out and waiting for us.  It had everything on my wish list, a playroom and loads of light. I’ve heard a light and bright home appears cleaner, which is great for me because I am quite a neglectful house keeper. I can’t really attest to the truthiness of that however, but I can speak for sunlight’s positive mood enhancing powers. Not much makes me happier than sunshine pouring through my windows (me pretending my house seems cleaner) and spotting a tiny rainbow on the wall. (Oh, hello concentrated happiness!) I dream one day I’ll have a window full of prisms so that my home will always be full of rainbows. Unfortunately I have neglected collecting those, and the few I have never seem to be hanging in the right spot. (Or else those rainbows are just really good hiders.) Luckily for me I have a number of items around the house which more than make up for my slacking prisms, there’s the glass lamp base, a clear curtain tie back, the sparkliest purse, and the cut glass windows on my front door. This time of year there always seems to be a rainbow somewhere in the house, even if it’s trying to hide.
We see you rainbow!

So we know moderate sunlight is good for you, but I’ve found a few benefits of sunshine which I believe those in the scientific community may have overlooked. (Specifically, that sunlight in sparkly or rainbow formations.) One benifit is entertainment. Yes it’s easy to have fun outside when it’s sunny; but indoor rainbow hunts are super fun. (Positive side effects of entertained children include parental sanity.) Sunlight can reinforce happy memories, like when three rainbows joined us this year for Baelin's birthday breakfast. (Magical.) Sunlight can also trigger unfortunate moments of clarity, when a beam is shining just right across your living room, and you can see all the swirling dust dancing about. For a moment you’re hypnotized by its subtle beauty, enjoying the show, until you realize just how long it's been since you last vacuumed. (Warning, rainbows do not make your home any cleaner.)
As they grow older my boys may no longer squeal in delight when they catch a rainbow. I do hope though, that when they do spot one it reminds them of happy times, and will always bring that same joy it does now to their hearts.Wishing you Springtime Sun Sparklies- Kendra
My friend Kati's boy, Jax, with a rainbow face. <3

P.S.- Do you remember my B.A.I.T. footwear contest post? Well I am so excited to tell you that I won those pink Darla shoes! The ladies at B.A.I.T told me outfits #2 and #3 were their favorites. I can't wait to get them in the mail! (Missed the post? Check it out here.)