BFF 202 and 203
Waking up at 5 a.m. is not something Mel usually did. She was one to sleep late in the day whenever possible and this day, it was possible and yet she was wide awake. Looking at the clock on her night stand she slowly tossed her legs over the edge of the bed and sat upright. Rubbing her eyes and lifting her body to a full stand to begin her trudge to the bathroom. In her head, kind of hazy was the thought that she needed to be awake now. She needed to get this day started, but in her head was no reason for this to be.
A splash of water on her face, a kidney drain and she was off to the coffee pot. The house was very warm. Had she not turned on the A/C when she went to bed? Maybe not. As the coffee was dripping into her cup she went to check the thermostat. "A/C, heat" or "off", is what she saw and the indicator needle was on the word "off." Well, okay. She was going outside anyway, she left it off.
Freshly brewed coffee in hand she slid open the patio door and stepped out onto the cement pad on the north side of her house. Scurrying between her feet meowing with some conviction, Timi her 5 year old cat ran full speed out into the still dew covered grass. The sunrise was breathtaking and not lost of Mel as she eased herself down onto her favorite patio chair. Since her recent car accident, the aches and pains were less annoying when relaxing out here in her thickly padded rocking chair. She could and some days did spend most of the day right here.
The injuries were minor and yet she still ached most of the time. Had it really been 3 weeks ago? Shouldn't she be well now? Her body had taken a mighty jolt when her car was struck from behind. She was stopped and the speeding driver following her was lost in thought, or so he said, and didn't see her brake lights. He slammed into her at a full 45 mph shoving her through the intersection and striking a fire hydrant on the other side. She believes she held the brake to the floor the entire time. The skid marks indicated that was probably the case. The other driver was ticketed and seemed equally banged up, which gave her some satisfaction.
Mel had retired just a few months prior to the accident and had not anticipated sitting on her patio day in and day out because she was in too much pain to really do much of anything else. Oh, she had medication, but it really didn't do much except take the edge off so she could walk and do minor chores. She had not driven since the accident because her car was still being repaired. She had no fear of driving nor did she think she would be incapable of driving, she simply didn't have a car. Walking to the grocery store 3 blocks away was difficult, but she was sure it was good for her, so she made herself do that almost every day. She had a small cart she pushed or pulled to carry the bags home. It all worked for her and each day she hoped would be the day she woke up feeling stronger and suffering less pain. A few days that had been the case. Today she was very stiff. More stiff than sore.
Her mind was busy this morning. She was thinking about the dream she had and was trying to recreate it all now. She remembered that she had seen a rainbow and it seemed to be calling her. Yes, calling her. Like, "Walk closer. Look at me. No, really look at me, keep walking." In the dream she had walked toward the rainbow and felt it almost tugging her ever closer. She had walked miles and could see the bottom of the beautiful brilliantly colored arch actually touching lightly on the grass just ahead of her. She stretched her hand out and touched the colored band. The rainbow made a soft, but audible noise. A sigh of sorts. She patted it and then ran her hand down the arch. It quivered a bit. She smiled and continued to touch it gently because it felt very fragile and she wanted no harm to come from her curiosity.
It was mesmerizing and she finally dropped her hand to her side. The rainbow whispered, "Thank you. I have never felt a human touch, it was nice. You are now blessed with hands that will heal. Not yourself, but others. Your hands will hold the rainbow connection I just shared with you forever." With that, the rainbow became inanimate again. It was still there and still beautiful, but not alive. She felt honored and saddened in one seconds time.
The dream ended when she awoke to the feeling of needing to start her day. Did the dream have anything to do with that? How silly.
Sipping her coffee she let her mind drift and took in the view of her small backyard. She saw her adorable cat rolling in the damp grass and smelling everything in sight and maybe stalking a bird here and there. She wasn't the best hunter, Timi just liked to stalk not pounce. Her gaze went away from Timi and was held on the tree in the corner. She saw a Robin with a worm hanging from it's beak and then flying up into the tree apparently to feed some very noisy children. Mel smiled.
As she rose to go back for another cup of coffee, Timi came up behind her and Mel saw she was noticeably limping. One foot seemed to be hurt. She reached down and picked her precious baby cat up while setting her coffee cup on the counter. Timi meowed and pulled the leg away from her. She stood the cat on the counter and wrapped her hand around the leg Timi was holding up in a bent fashion. She whispered to her baby that she was sorry she hurt herself and kissed the top of her little head right between her ears. Nothing felt broken and Timi didn't mind that she was holding the leg so she gently put her on the floor and Timi scampered off on all four.
She had obviously been awakened at such an early hour because remembering that dream mattered to her. Maybe mattered to Timi and she was very thankful for such a lovely memory.
Mel smiled to herself and thought, "Thanks Rainbow, the healing hands are a good thing."
She had a Rainbow Connection, or at the very least, she dreamed she did.