This month’s theme is St Patrick’s Day, or whatever we want to talk about that can relate back to St Paddy’s Day. I considered tackling writer/author jealousy, but I’m not in the mood for something so serious, then mulled over the meanings of the color green but at 9am on a Monday morning this didn’t appeal to me either. So decided to have a bit of fun with it.
Last Thursday I emailed a couple of my writer friend and asked them the following question:
What is the first thing that jumps to mind when you think about the color green?
I had some delightful responses and I still stand by my statement that some of the best people I know are writers. We have the best conversations, online and off, and it’s mostly a bunch of nonsense. But nonsense is good for the soul.
Green represents a lot of different things for me. It signals the start of something new. New beginnings, now hopes, new dreams, new ideas. I’m a winter person through and through and believe summer was created to punish me for crimes I haven’t committed, so summer green does not count. Winter is my reward for making it through the heat. Feel free to argue, I know most people are summer inclined. Spring I love for its show of promise and potential, and Autumn I adore for all the stunning colors and what it leads to. It’s like the world goes into hibernation for a few months. I do too. I write more. I read more. So I guess you can say that green leads me to some of the things I love the most. Green is turning into a pretty awesome color. How have I missed this all these years? Funny how you can sometimes discover something’s true, and undiscovered, worth when you write down the things you appreciate about it.
Here’s what some of my writer friends had to say. I love all the different answers.
Juliana said it reminded her of lush gardens and money. I probably would have mentioned money as well, I didn’t because here in SA each of our notes are a different color. Her husband was nice enough to contribute and his answer was the Green Lantern. You can’t go wrong with superheroes.
Ladonna thinks of envy(we think alike, see first paragraph). Here’s something interesting for those who didn’t know: apparently, in either Chicago or Pittsburg, there’s a lake that turns green during the day. I’d love to see that.
I love Jocelyn’s answer, it’s so very writer like: “I know this is so predictable and boring, but I always think of grass when I think about the color green. The springy blades that tickle the back of my legs when I sit in it. The crisp scent of a fresh cut lawn which just smells green to me. I also think of a “game” we used to play when I was young, where we would hold out our arms, look down at the grass, and spin and spin and spin – the whole world would become one big green blur until we’d fall down laughing ourselves silly.”
My good friend Tracy had the following to say: “The very first thing that came to mind was the bright brilliant green that’s typically used by the dept of transportation for highway markings and exits, even on stop lights. It makes me think “proceed, go, continue, carry-on”. It’s this inviting, warm color that tells me to “keep going, the path is clear”. Maybe that’s why green is one of my favorite colors? Because it’s been instilled in me from an early age to associate it with these moving forward actions. I hadn’t really given it much thought before now. I like it.” I like it too! This is such a positive answer. How can you now look at anything green and not think optimistic thoughts.
Beth doesn’t know it but she’s one of my Megans: “The color green reminds me of Spring. The season when England starts to get some color again from the dull, lifeless, grey winter. It reminds me of the grass of the fields with baby lambs and the leaves that start growing on the trees once again. The flower shoots poking up through the soil and buds appearing on trees and hedges. It also reminds me of my childhood and Orville the duck, but you’ll have no idea why I’m going on about.” You’re right, I have no idea. So I Googled. I have to say I’m a little disturbed. Orville would have given me nightmares if I had to watch him while younger. That’s really creepy, Beth. It’s a green duck wearing a diaper. I still like you though.
Craig: “When I think of green I think of rolling green hills, Julie Andrews, and Slimer from Ghost Busters chasing her down and giving her massive sloppy kisses, but seriously my first thoughts were the Green Goblin and the Hulk. They would make a pretty decent super villain duo wouldn’t they?” More superheroes/villains! I approve of this.
Your turn. Have some fun with it. What do you associate green with? Anything goes.