We’ve had a major dose of May Gray the last couple days so I thought I’d find something bright and happy to put a little pep back into the place. Along the way, I thought, “hmm, I once wrote something about a color that would go with this photo.” There you have the evolution of this post.
Except that’s not all. The photo? Made me feel like a little kid again. It made me remember twirling and spinning and running and rolling down hills, giggling and just being joyful for no particular reason. I wish every day felt that way. I figure if I can look at this image and recall the bounce and vitality of youth, perhaps it’ll serve as a reminder with each viewing.
In college I was given the task of describing the color yellow to blind person. I was told I had 30 seconds to prepare my speech and I had to speak for at least a minute. Without any “Uhs” or “Ums.” Well, this wasn’t a problem. Not for me. I have strong associations with the color yellow, I have no trouble getting up and speaking, and a minute? Ha! Child’s play. My professor could have given me any color and I’d have been fine. Yellow was just a perfect fit.
The Color Yellow:
Yellow is the sweet scent of a daffodil. The aroma plays within your nose and works its gentle smell into your being. A little bit of the vernal season becomes a part of you.
It is the warmth of the sunlight on your skin on a late Spring day. The comforting warmth settles deep into the many layers of the skin. It provides an elevation in temperature and spirit as you break free of the coldness you felt during the Winter – whether the Winter was literal or figurative. It renews the body as much as it does the soul. “Sunshine on My Shoulders” was a hit because you can relate to that feeling.
Yellow feels like the rind of a lemon or a grapefruit. It’s bumpy and cool. It’s also the softness you experience when you touch a Golden Retriever and it’s the downiness of baby chick. Touch the window in the middle of the day. The heat that radiates from the pane to your hand, that, too, is yellow.
Emotionally, yellow is feeling the urge to get up and go do something! It can also be the desire to run and avoid something when you are afraid. Kind of comparable to the early stages of anger. You know, that little push of “Hey! That wasn’t nice!” But, the most important feeling that yellow can bring is the sense of exuberance and joy. That’s yellow at its most intense.
That tartness you experience as you sip from a glass of ice-cold lemonade? That’s yellow! The tang on your tongue is yellow. The subtle sweetness and refreshing flavor that linger reminds you of sunshine in liquid form. The zest of the lemon makes you jump up and take notice, doesn’t it? That’s yellow!
Yellow is warm, but somehow, still cool. Sharp, yet soft. It’s soothing while it invigorates. Yellow is positive and full of life! And, that’s what yellow is.