Taste the Rainbow of Faith

As with most children, I had faith in many things. Faith that the tooth fairy would leave me money. Faith that Santa Claus would answer my letter to him. Faith that the brightest star in the sky would grant my wish. But not as much as I did in rainbows. I fell in love with rainbows the first time I saw one during recess in 1st grade. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, violet – simple bright colors that would magically appear in the sky had me in awe.

“Skittles, taste the rainbow.” That’s what the TV said as a rainbow sprouted out of the ground after Skittles were buried.

I quickly grew tired of just seeing this miraculous event on screen. I wanted to grow my own rainbow.

Regardless of how many times my mom told me it wouldn’t work, I relentlessly begged her to buy me a pack of Skittles. After she finally did, I had her come with me to the backyard with the Skittles, a styrofoam cup filled with water, and my baby brother asleep on her shoulder. I opened the pack and took out 5 Skittles, one of every color, and buried them. I eagerly took the water-filled cup from my mom and poured every last drop over the spot.

From that day on, I anticipated a rainbow to grow in my backyard just like I witnessed time and time again. I started and ended my day looking out my window at that spot. I even told everyone, “You’re gonna see a rainbow one day…watch. We’re gonna see a rainbow together.”

I waited, and waited, and waited. When the school year was almost over, the rainbow had still yet to sprout. My faith in rainbows was starting to fade. Then it disappeared completely the day I learned that it was only a commercial. It wasn’t true. It wasn’t real. It wasn’t a rainbow.

In time, I learned the truth about the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and wishing stars too. As sad of a story this is, why didn’t I become so corrupt and jaded after all these years of learning truths?

Because I was stubborn. Stubborn enough to put that same amount of faith and persistence into the next dream I had. It’s the old adage of getting up and trying again until you succeed. As I got older, those dreams evolved from growing rainbows to creating artwork to becoming a writer.

When we have faith in our dreams, it’s amazing how determined the human mind becomes to bring them into existence. Every great invention started out as a dream. From telephones to cars. From buildings to computers.

Sure, there are going to be some dreams that won’t make it along the way. The truth can be upsetting, but that doesn’t mean we should lose our childlike wonder and stop dreaming altogether. Just as long as you keep the faith, the truth is only an obstacle to overcome and the impossible is only temporary.

With that, I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from one of the biggest dreamers of all who never lost his childlike wonder:

“Have faith in your dreams and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving. If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Walt Disney (Cinderella)

 

 

About Ronnell Morris

Ronnell is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of NWYT. She is a copywriter by day, a performer by night, and a triathlete by weekend. She loves Disney, musicals, eating, YouTube videos, list-making, and the colors pink and gray too much for her own good. See All of Ronnell's Posts

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