The Color of Gratitude

The Color of Gratitude

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be The Best You Can Be

The Color of Gratitude

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

~Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Seeing the world differently than everyone else is an experience all its own, especially when you don’t even know that you are seeing things differently. I didn’t know I was colorblind until I started school. I had been excited to start school and I loved everything about it — the playground, circle time, snack time, making new friends. Everything except coloring. I hated picking out crayons and staying in the lines. I never asked for a coloring book at restaurants. I just did not get what all the excitement was about.

My parents didn’t question it. They just assumed it was not something I enjoyed and often joked about the fact that I was very smart but was failing coloring in preschool. That is, until the day I came home full of news about my new friend, Devon, who was tall, funny and… green. My mom laughed it off at the time, assuming Devon must have been wearing a green shirt.

A few days later I attended my first flag football practice. My mom sat on the sideline watching as I learned for the first time the rules of football. I played with all my heart. At the end of the practice my new coach came up to my mom and me and told me what a good job I had done. When my dad called from work later that day to hear about my first football experience, I told him how the green coach had praised me.

The following day my mom accompanied me into the classroom to meet my “Martian” of a friend. When I pointed him out my mom began to chuckle. She told me that he was brown, not green. Within a few days I was sitting in a doctor’s office taking a colorblindness exam and sure enough I tested positive. I was officially brown/green colorblind.

Since then I have learned how to deal with colorblindness by reading the names on the crayons or colored pencils. My mom has had to draw charts and label them if I need to see shades for a school assignment. But most importantly I have learned that color doesn’t matter as long as I wake up each day and experience the wonders of brown grass and green tree trunks.

~Bailey Corona

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