On the way home from school, my kids & I discussed color. My kids discussed which color was "best" and why. My son's favorite color is red. He told us why red was the best color: it's a primary color, Christmas color, part of our national flag, a lucky color in some cultures, and it's the color of our blood. My daughter likes blue and she explained why: it's also part of our flag, it can be a Christmas color, it is a primary color----do you see a pattern forming here?----and it's the color of the ocean and the sky. We talked about the special things in life that wear my kids' favorite colors: apples, cherries, and strawberries; blueberries, robin's eggs, and blue birds.
And I thought about color in nature---how certain colors are ubiquitous (though still beautiful), such as green and gray. By contrast, other colors can startle when found in the muted colors of nature, such as the fragile light blue of a robin's egg against the drab colors of a bird's nest, or the color of the blue jellyfish valella velella when blown ashore on a tan sandy beach.
I received a gift certificate for my favorite local knitting store at Christmas (thanks to my beau) and cashed it in today on color. One of my all-time favorites, a certain shade of light blue: close to robin's egg blue but with a tad more green or the color of a tropical paradise's warm waters... When I saw the yarn, I knew it must come home with me. And when I returned to my car with my children fresh from school, the discussion of color began because of this yarn.
I now reflect on our discussion of color as I contemplate future painting (of the house variety) and crafting projects (of the knitting variety)...