Blended Family Chaos

by Tamara Flaherty

Butterflies, Rainbows, & Puppies

I don’t write, or even really think much about things like butterflies, rainbows, and puppies.

My thoughts usually trend more to the darker side of the color wheel. The blacks, grays, browns, and deep blues.

I wasn’t always this way, but that’s a story for another blog.

I’ve deleted so much of what I’ve written in the past because it’s usually not feel-good material and I worry that people won’t want to read it.

I’m right

There are people who won’t read it because it’s not all warm and fuzzy, bright and breezy, cotton, candy sunshine.

So what!

I don’t read science fiction myself and think it’s pretty ridiculous, at best. Should the Sci-Fi authors stop writing because I don’t want to read it?

I once had a college professor who wrote novels about cats in space. Seriously , if there is an audience for that, there is an audience for what I have to say!

There are many, many people in this world who feel or have felt, like me, that life has handed them one crappy hand after another and they feel like folding their hand more often than they feel like playing it.

Maybe I can encourage them to stay in the game.

Like me, they have survived, or are in the process of surviving.

Maybe I can share some wisdom that makes the journey easier, or less lonely.

Like me, everything they experience, including the happiest moments in their life, have to be filtered through their pain.

Maybe we can learn together how to focus more on the joy and less on the pain

Like me, they search for the deeper meaning and the lessons learned through the struggle.

There really is meaning to all of it, we just have to dig for it. Don’t worry, I brought extra shovels!

It is for these people that I write. I also write for those who live in the world of butterflies, rainbows, and puppies who wish to understand those of us who do not.

As I was driving down Meridian the other day, I glimpsed a rainbow out my window to the left. Gorgeous colors that immediately captured my attention. I smiled and reached for my phone to take a picture because it was so pretty.

It didn’t work out well because;
A. I was driving on meridian
B. It’s impossible to get a photo of a rainbow that actually looks like what you see with your eyes.

By the time I figured out that capturing the moment wasn’t going to work, the moment was over and I had largely missed it in my attempt to hold onto it.

Lesson learned.
Enjoy the moments of beauty in your life. They often happen unexpectedly and disappear as quickly as they arrived, leaving only the memory of a smile. Remember the smile!


6 comments on “Butterflies, Rainbows, & Puppies

  1. Cindy Harp
    March 7, 2014

    or… you could look at it this way.
    The whole reason I collect butterflies is that they are my personal reminder that the darkest of days cocooned in silence are now over. The life I live now is so much brighter. but, the darkness tries at times to replace the brightness by linking my emotions and feelings to the past. Because I place butterflies around me, I’m reminded throughout the day of my successes and accomplishments and now day by day, I build on these positive facts of “what is now” and continue to chase my dreams for tomorrow.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Blended Family Chaos
      March 7, 2014

      I thought of you when I was writing this, my beautiful sister. You have done a better job than I have at blending into the world of butterflies, rainbows, and puppies. I understand what you mean about the butterflies being a reminder. I guess that was the point of the blog. Beauty is around us. We must learn first how to see it and recognize it, and then learn how to enjoy it.
      Thank you for the comments.


  2. Sharon McMillan
    March 6, 2014

    I love to read what you write. You are so talented and have an amazing way with portraying your thoughts and feelings. Good job. Keep it up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Blended Family Chaos
      March 6, 2014

      Thank you for the nice comment Sharon. I love comments, especially nice ones! 😉
      I am enjoying writing and have so many ideas and topics I’m excited about. I’m always open to suggestions as well.


  3. Sandra Miller
    March 6, 2014

    So thankful that you have the talent to put your feelings into words. Keep it up!!

    Liked by 1 person

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