40 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • APRIL 2020
ACTS OF KINDNESS
BRIGHT SIDES RAINBOWS OF HOPE
After a gloomy storm comes a beautiful
rainbow, so Long Islanders are displaying
multicolor arcs as uplifting symbols
of hope to boost spirits amid the painful
fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Homemade rainbow decorations are
increasingly being found in windows,
hung on fences, adorning vehicles, and
scribbled in chalk on sidewalks across
Nassau and Suffolk counties. In New
York City, some call it the Quarantine
Rainbow Project. The movement comes
as residents look for a way to share positivity
during the sometimes saddening
reclusion of stay-at-home orders intended
to keep the disease from spreading.
“We started to see them popping up on
our street and then we put our own up,”
says Blythe Worster, a married mother of
two and art teacher who painted a giant
rainbow on her living room window. She
counts 50 in her Bellmore neighborhood
alone. “Every day we go and we walk and
there’s been more and more popping up.”
The trend goes beyond LI’s shores.
The Empire State Building got in on
the act with its spire lit up in rainbow
colors recently. Rainbows of hope
have also been popping up in other
cities nationwide and across the globe
in countries similarly impacted by
The vibrant colors of rainbows not
only have a way of helping people
look on the bright side of tough times.
Creating rainbow decorations also
gives parents of children home from
school a fun, life-affirming activity.
And the exercise helps build a sense of
community at a time when many feel
isolated by the quarantine mandates.
“This is a beautiful way of virtually
connecting,” Tonia Torrellas wrote in
the Facebook group Rainbows over
Nassau and Suffolk Counties and
Beyond, “in this world of distancing.”
Sophie and Emily Ward pose for a photograph with their hand-drawn picture
of rainbows on their window. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
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