In addition to being a comic strip that is, at times, really hilarious, it is one of those nouns that is sometimes the bane of those of us who tend to be over thinkers.
When I’m dealing with chores my mind seems to wander into a variety of areas. Some of the areas have obvious connections. Most are a hodgepodge of things that morph into completely unrelated areas. I have conversations with a variety of people; plan trips; ponder puzzles that I create; solve the world’s problems.
Recently during our several days of much appreciated rain, I saw my first rainbow of the year. It’s probably not the first, but the first I saw. The entire arc seemed visible, sans the pot of gold. While I spent time enjoying the sight and watching it slowly shift and fade, I tried to remember what I knew about the science of a rainbow.
Since my memory Rolodex isn’t as agile as it once was, I had to think about it a little longer. This ended up being annoying, but finally I remembered the colors – warm colors on the outside; and cool colors closer to the ground.
I know that rainbows are bands of light formed by water particles reflecting sunlight. While it’s good to know a bit of the science, I can’t help but think wouldn’t it be lovely if rainbows had remained this mysterious event that captured our imaginations and left us in awe with the many unanswered questions of the universe.
While I was enjoying the rainbow for the few moments it was visible, my mind then did its usual obstacle course. The blue sky appeared amidst the clouds, so I pondered why the sky appears blue and then, of course, had to think about the moon appearing orange and red at different times. I know that if I thought harder, I’d remember some of my long ago science classes, but actually didn’t want to think that hard at the moment. I decided just to ponder the things I wish had remained a mystery, but realize the value of understanding the facts of how things work.
Fortunately there are still things that flummox us average folk and the scientists. The composition of the universe is mostly still unknown. We know atoms, energy and matter exist.
But, how they coexist is still to be learned and understood. How life began continues to be a search by those who look to faith and a higher power to explain, as well as those who have found and documented early man and our evolutionary changes.
Are we alone in this universe and how many universes exist? If we’re not alone, where are the others? What exactly is a black hole? How did we learn to use our brain to solve problems? Why do people see different things in paintings? Coal to diamonds – still a wonder.
Do woodchucks chuck?
As the rainbow faded away, Toby and BeBe got my attention for their required food and petting. My temporary queries and unmoored thoughts were interrupted, as they should be. In brief reflection, non sequiturs aren’t so bad.