I Really Did … I Mean Really!

Years ago, in the early 80’s, I lived in Durham, NC. I loved it.

One early summer evening I was returning home from Duke University on a road much like an interstate. A short and intense little thunderstorm left as quickly as it arrived. Durham had many rainbows for some reason, and a particularly vivid, large rainbow was visible in the sky as I drove home.

I rounded a long lazy curve in the road and saw one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen: a bright, gorgeous rainbow sloped over the road immediately ahead of me and ended on the east side of the road. I actually saw the end of the rainbow! It was gorgeous! I gasped at the unexpected and beautiful sight.

Amazingly, and honest-to-god, the old, widely-held belief that a pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow is true! I saw it with my own eyes! For, on the eastern side of the road, where the rainbow ended by bathing everything in its warm rich colors was the NCNB (North Carolina National Bank) building!! Honestly. The NCNB building was all but glowing in the electric colors of the rainbow.

I tried to burn this astounding image into my memory forever, thinking that I will never again see anything like it again. I only wish we had digital cameras back then.