Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A rainbow of holiday memories July 7, 2014

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One end of the beautiful double rainbow.

One end of the beautiful double rainbow.

THERE WAS NO NEED to search for the pot of gold at the end of the double rainbow arcing across the early evening sky north of Lamberton on July Fourth.

No need, because the garage on my brother and sister-in-law’s rural acreage held something much more precious than gold. Family.

Gathering inside the garage to watch the kids playing in the rain.

Gathering inside the garage to watch the kids playing in the rain.

Every Fourth, my mom, my siblings and their families and my family (those who can make it) gather to celebrate our nation’s birth and a day together. It’s become a wonderful tradition—a day and evening of conversation and laughter, food and fun, as only we can mark the holiday.

My nephew and great niece dance in the rain.

My nephew and great niece jump in the rain.

We remember. We build new memories. This year we imprinted those rainbows upon our collective memory and watched as the kids played in the rain.

Follow the leader or monkey see, monkey do.

Follow the leader or monkey see, monkey do.

Hands splashing in puddles. Feet dancing. Hair and clothes soaked.

I shot this of my great nephew and his mom and my great niece running back to the garage.

Through the rain-streaked garage door window, I shot this image of my great nephew and his mom and my great niece running back to the garage.

Such memories, such fun times together, truly more precious than gold.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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14 Responses to “A rainbow of holiday memories”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Looks like some wonderful memories were indeed made that day. So happy you had time with your family. There is nothing like it!

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    And your wonderful record of this event will forever keep the day “fresh”!!!! Beautiful…………………………

  3. cecilia Says:

    Fantastic series, just fantastic, playing the rain.. delightful… c

  4. Lanae Says:

    We sure had a fun time, sunburns, food, laughter, rain, rainbows and all. What a joy to watch little (and big) ones play in the rain.

  5. Sweet photos! Nothing like playing the rain with little kids.

  6. Jackie Says:

    There’s just nothing better than family gatherings 🙂 You captured such lovely shots to prove it. We didnt get any rain here in Rochester…. did it rain long there?

  7. hotlyspiced Says:

    What a lovely tradition. Were any of your children able to join you this year? I remember the images from last year and I’m quite sure it wasn’t raining. The rainbow is beautiful xx


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