At the beginning of lockdown, we all looked at ways to lift our spirits, ways to laugh away the darkness.
Tick-toc, Joe Wicks and zoom we took on so many new skills and opportunities.
Anything which could keep us smiling and a way to move through the gloom of covid.
But time and experiences dragged on and we needed more to brighten up the black thunderclouds of fear.
In May 2020 my niece invited me to take part in a rainbow challenge in Instagram.
Rainbows are a symbol of hope in many cultures. They appear as perfect arcs, often during a rainstorm when the sun shines onto water droplets, shattering its white light into an array of brilliant colours.
My niece with baby Ezra, plus his many brightly coloured reusable nappies, led the way.
The challenge started with a rainbow and ended with a double rainbow.
The #maythereberainbows on Instagram certainly was a colourful collection.
The rainbow became our hope.
Rainbows became a symbol of hope once again, with the NHS clap on a Thursday, the month seemed to pass by full of rainbow smiles.
In April I took part in a different Rainbow challenge for EYFS.
Posativity Day – Rainbow colours
I see a shimmering rainbow in the sky full of sparkling colours.
I see an Orange satsuma waiting to be peeled;
I see the bright Yellow sunshine lifting the gloom
I see Blue skies with fluffy white clouds floating past;
I see deep shades of Violet in the rumbling thunderclouds.
I know the rainbow will soon disappear leaving just a memory.
I wondered whether there was indeed a place over the rainbow where blue birds fly.
But in the meantime.
Let the rainbow challenge keep you going.
Maybe, just like the weather, the covid memory will disappear too.
Let’s hope so.
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