A few days before I snapped this picture, a heavy blanket of snow had covered everything in our path, which temporarily delayed my baby girl’s new trick: walking. She and her brother had been at each other’s throats due to what I can only assume was cabin fever, so I was thrilled to have captured this
fleeting special moment. The sun was warm, the rainbow was colorful, and when the rest of the snow melted, we took our sideshow to the yard where the boy could run and Ella’s little feet were cushioned and protected.
If you look closely, there is actually a double rainbow in the shot; the second, faint arch is to the right. After last week, when the states of Maryland and Maine approved same-sex marriage, this picture took on a new meaning for me. I understand that this is a controversial topic, and I’m sure if I chatted up my priest about it, he would have lots to say. Still, I find it difficult to deny anyone the right to happiness and love, so I was pretty excited to see these states take a step in what I consider to be the right direction. Like the grass to Ella’s feet, Maryland and Maine have recognized that it is their duty to cushion and protect the rights of all its people.
Here’s to baby steps!