September 6, 2016

How would you explain colors to a blind person?

There was a time when the little girl Ashley could seen nothing but light and dark.  Now grown-up and after a lot of work with a great doctor, she can see just fine. She never forgot how her friends and family explained colors to her.

Red.  They had me stand outside in the sun. They told me that the heat I was feeling is red. They explained that red is the color of a burn, from heat, embarrassment, or even anger.

Yellow  I didn't touch anything for this, they just told me that whenever you laugh so hard you can't stop, that that happiness is what yellow looks like.

Green  I held soft leaves and wet grass. They told me green felt like life. To this day it is still very much my favorite color.

Blue.  They put my hands in their pool. They told me that that sensation I felt while swimming, that omnipresent coolness, that's blue. Blue feels like relaxation.

Brown I held dirt and I touched a tree. They told me brown felt like earth, and like crunchy leaves or wilting flowers.

Grey They told me that the rain is grey, and that so is concrete or cement. That it is a hard color, stern and with no personality. (Sorry grey, I like you now! But you scared me back then)
Posted by Jill Fallon at September 6, 2016 12:35 PM | Permalink