Rainbow of Happiness
A glimmer of ecstatic happiness in simplest form takes my breath away. I sit on an oriental rug, criss-cross-apple-sauce, like a child, exposed to life from the vantage point of my two and a half year-old son. Seeing the world through his eyes is a lesson in simplicity, joy and magical splendor. Technically we are in a music class, but I suspect that this little boy could be anywhere and recreate the following emotions and creative play in any environment. Our music teacher is engaging, entertaining, and musically expert; my son stares at him intensely with curiosity and patience, awaiting the next activity.
Out comes a plain, blue polyester bag. The teacher unzips it slowly with intrigue and expressions of surprise as he peaks into it. Music emanates the room, full of leaping, jingle-type beats, making you want to spring to your feet and dance. You refrain, awaiting instruction as we, adults, have learned to do from our organized, rule-oriented culture. The children in front of us model our behavior and remain immobile, awaiting the teacher’s big reveal, in his inconspicuous bag.
He reaches in with one hand and in dramatic fashion, pulls out rainbow-colored silk scarves, bunches at a time, springing them upward toward the sky. Rainbows scatter wildly around us, gliding and moving at their own pace with differing wind resistance. The scarves rain upon us like magic sunlight, sending rays in each direction. With each beat, the teacher takes out more scarves to share with his students and their guardians.
Next, to show the possibilities, he begins dancing with scarves in his hands, waving them to the beat, dancing in various directions, wherever the music takes him. My son follows, feeling the freedom of movement taking hold of his feet and arms; he swings them in a variety of ways. He smiles from ear to ear; his eyes sparkle at the magical scene of rainbow heaven. I model the teacher’s behavior as to exhibit the normalcy of this scene, as if dancing with scarves is all I have ever done. I feel the flow of energy swirl in all directions, my mind enmeshed in the movement, music and magic.
Joyfulness reigns upon us, when suddenly our guide takes a scarf, holding it by two corners, blows at the center of the rectangle towards the ceiling, sending the cloud of silk into the air. My son watches, locked in on the scarf, waiting with hands and arms outstretched, moving to and fro to situate himself under the falling, billowing silk, and catches it, hugging it to his chest, as if he treasures the prize he has retrieved. He smiles and giggles, like crystal being tapped gently, releasing a calm, melodic chime that alters your insides with colorful peace. This cheerful, brilliant echo of happiness can be felt by others who observe this ecstatic play. The engaged magician of a teacher repeats this process again and again, recognizing the significant joy he has brought into the room within a child’s happy heart. He mentions the considerable talent of my toddler’s eye/hand coordination, foreshadowing a future shortstop in major league baseball. As a mother, all I feel is my son’s sense of pride from repeatedly catching the scarves and the enjoyment he relishes in.
Soon thereafter, our instructor blows the scarf with an energetic breath into my little boy’s face, for a new reaction. As the scarf covers my son and he is momentarily surprised and semi-blinded, he pauses, but almost instantaneously explodes with laughter. The teacher repeats this harmonious flow of movement; each time my little one reacts as if it is the first time. His giggles flood the area, with an energy that ripples out to an audience surrounding him, producing roars of laughter, especially within me.
I feel inside a tremendous light, so bright, watching the humorous nature of life’s simplicity. Rainbow-colored scarves flow through the energy, breath, humor, laughter’s echoes, and freedom; they envelope me with a feeling of inner, harmonious peace. This is the type of enjoyment we strive for and are especially grateful to glimpse as often as possible. The reality is that it only takes a moment. Within an instant, the uninhibited can feel happiness at the core, deep within their hearts, and outpour this blissful joy through movement, music and creative expression.
The result you find is a rainbow, awaiting the flow of energy, full of love, laughter, and ultimate elation. My son is no exception in our world, only an example of what is possible if you allow yourself to travel to that space. He teaches me constantly of how simple it is and reminds me how complicated we adults make finding happiness. It cannot be retrieved by striving externally towards it. Joy thrives within each of us; it takes little effort to let it out. Next time I seek the extraordinary, I know to search no further than within myself for the ingredients: Breath, energy flow, rainbows, smiles, laughter, and love. These are the flavors of life that take my breath away, an energetic force of happiness.
L.E. Falcon is a freelance writer, who lives outside of Boston and treasures time with her two children and husband. She holds an MBA from Babson College and a B.S. in Math Ed. from Boston University. You may contact L.E. Falcon at LEFalcon@lightalife.com.
Great story, so colorful and up-lifting. We all need more of these stories, it is easy to forget simple happiness. You are very talented, but we already know this! Keep up the good work, I will check back.