Sunday, February 20, 2022

The Rainbow Bridge

 There are a lot of things that really annoy me these days. Is it because I'm getting older? Maybe. Anyway, a lot of people, when their beloved pet dies, post that their beloved pet has gone over the Rainbow Bridge. This is because of a sweet poem written by Paul C. Daum*. There are actually two versions. One is more of a poem than the other. Both describe a beautiful place where pets go when they die, a place where they wait for their owners to meet them, and then they cross the Rainbow Bridge together. They cross together. How lovely, and wonderful if it were true.

What annoys me is that, as long as this/these poem(s) has/have been around, you'll still find the majority of people posting, "My [pet] has crossed the Rainbow Bridge."

Can you see why that annoys me? You don't have to look too hard. The poem says the pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge to wait and cross with its owner. So when a pet dies, you don't say it has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. You say it has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

To me it's not only marginally illiterate to misstate the poem, but it's damned disrespectful, too. I have, in the past, tried to educate by correcting these people, only to be insulted. And that annoys me, too. They insult me because they are wrong. So now I just let it go. Let them be the illiterate buttheads that they are showing themselves to be.

Here, read for yourself. I'll post both versions.

Here's a link to the Wikipedia page so you can read all about it.

Now, I want you never, ever, ever to post that your beloved pet has crossed the rainbow bridge, unless you can post it after you die, from the great beyond.

*many people believe the actual author to be unknown; me, I have no idea.


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