While on his way home from visiting his youngest son in South Dakota, the author stopped in Oak Grove State Park, Iowa and was surprised by a rainbow over the Big Sioux River. This leads him to muse on how a few years earlier he would have naively interpreted the rainbow “as a sign from God that everything was going to be okay” with his middle son’s prolonged clinical depression. Now, with his youngest son in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to deal with clinical depression, Kesha’s lyrics about just putting on the rainbow’s colors seem more appropriate. “Perhaps,” he concludes, “God surprises us occasionally with rainbows so that we may better endure the implacable storm of life’s unavoidable and disproportionate sufferings.”
"On ECT and Rainbows,"
Northwestern Review: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: https://nwcommons.nwciowa.edu/northwesternreview/vol5/iss1/4