Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Ephemeral – the one I didn’t use


In the 1980’s I traveled with my folks through the Southwest.  We visited a number of national parks and monuments but at Canyon De Chey my mom purchased a refrigerator magnet, reproduced Indian petroglyphs, painted on a bit of flat brown stone.  It stayed on her fridge  for years as a reminder of our trip together.

After she died unexpectedly in 2004 someone in their church gave my grief stricken dad a small prism which he placed on the windowsill above the kitchen sink.  When the sun shines at a certain angle a rainbow plays across the kitchen.

Now, with both of them gone, we find comfort in that rainbow when it glows in mom’s kitchen.  And sometimes dad’s rainbow falls for a few brief moments on mom’s magnet, reminding us that life itself is ephemeral at best.



I wrote the above thinking I’d use it for the ephemeral photo challenge.  Then I realized the photo was very much like to original challenge photo and I always like to do something different.  I’m not even sure I took this photo, I think perhaps husband did on one of his trips to Alabama.

So I didn’t use it.  But I like the photograph and the thoughts behind it, so I’m sharing it with you anyway.

Life is ephemeral.  Now go hug someone you love.


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

6 thoughts on “Ephemeral – the one I didn’t use

  1. I love this story. The magnet and the rainbow. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl


  2. So very true. We waste so much time being angry or wishing for more, when what’s really important is treasuring what we have while we have it.


  3. Thats really cool!


  4. This is so wonderful, magical, and just plain cool. I’m glad you decided to use it. The message is one that, unfortunately, we need to be reminded of from time to time.


  5. What a great story, Dawn! Thanks for sharing it. Yes, I’ll be giving my doggin a big hug — Dallas gives good hugs right back! Love your Katie header, too!


  6. We too love the story – rainbows of any kind always give us hope


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