Why are there so many
Songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side
Rainbows are visions
But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
But I know they’re wrong wait and see
Someday we’ll find it– Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher
That Rainbow Connection
The lovers the dreamers and me
I wonder how many people are going to ride on this rainbow today and participate with this same connection!
I have always wondered what is on “the other side”. This other side is basically everything in the world: the other side of the conversation, the other side of the ocean, the other side of the mountain, the other side of my decision.
Dad sent us a video of a racer (Ho-Pin Tung!) who rode up the 99 curves and 999 steps of Tianmen Mountain in a Land Rover, in 22 minutes and 41 seconds! So our family spent Sunday morning discussing it. Dad and I had visited it seven years ago, but I had lost all the photos (non-techie handling new iPhone … tsk) and could only rely on his for memories. My bro was asking us about the exciting things on the other side of the mountains. GASP! “WHAT OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN?” I could not even remember whether we climbed to the top (we didn’t! haha, memory hasn’t failed me). All the exciting stuffs on the other side – the cable car ride, the glass gallery walk, the sunset performance. I remembered going, but … gasp, I did not know they were on the other side. Neither did Dad, but he remembered that the night performance was set with the backdrop of the Tianmen Mountain. SIGH. How many of our memories are wired to visual photographs (rather than in our own heads)?
Memories are important. Shared memories even more so, they are a platform of connections for those who have participated, and for those who are participating as we relive and reshare them.
I really miss travelling! That kind of connection!!