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Rainbows

November 21, 2011

 

This morning on the way to school my son points out the car window and says: “Look mom; a rainbow.” And sure enough, to the west there was a beautiful rainbow. We could almost see the whole arch going across the sky.

As I marveled at the beauty of it, my know-it-all ten-year old turns around and proceeds to tell me and middle daughter about the science behind the phenomenon. He explained, how drops of rainwater can refract and disperse light basically like a prism. If conditions are right, like they were this morning, then this refraction can cause a rainbow. (For more scientific explanation, click here.)

I just kind of stared at him, as I so often do when he has his “Professor K.” hat on — that’s what one of his teachers nicknamed him for knowing and retaining so many random facts!!!

I know there is a reason for why rainbows form but I honestly don’t care. I just love seeing them. They put a smile on my face and make me feel good inside. I always look at them as a positive sign and usually when I see one, I think to myself that today will be a good day.

Do you like rainbows or maybe one of nature’s other phenomenons?

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