Rainbow Connection (cont.)

... Just as our celebration was about to begin, several more students scurried in, announcing excitedly that the rain had stopped and a double rainbow had formed over the school! 

Students spent the next 45 minutes reading poems, singing songs and demonstrating highlights from our wonderful reading program. Then they received their Certificates of Achievement.

We concluded our ceremony with a song we had practiced all summer. We called it "the froggie song," but most people know it as Rainbow Connection. Parents, siblings and extended family were invited to join us as we sang.

Then, as we bade our farewells and wished each other a great start to the new school year, we headed for the parking lot, only to discover, to our amazement, that the double rainbow was still there!

"Was it there for us?" I wondered aloud. Surely it was just a coincidence.

Then again, maybe not.

I looked to the sky and remembered my mother, who passed away the year before. She had always encouraged me to follow my dreams. When I first told her I wanted to start a non-profit program to help struggling students learn to to read, she said she thought it was a great idea! She even donated her own money to help me incorporate and apply for tax-exempt status. 

In subsequent months, as I plotted and planned to make my dream a reality, my mom cheered me on every step of the way.

So, on the evening of August 20, as I gazed in wonder at that glorious double rainbow, I remembered my mother's love and how it had given me the strength to pursue my dreams. My mind filled with curiosity. My heart filled with gratitude.

Have you been half asleep, and have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name.
Is it the sweet sound, that calls the young sailor?
The voice might be one and the same.
I've heard it too many times to ignore it.
It's something that I'm supposed to be.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me ...