How would you describe the color green to a blind person?

June 13, 2012 § 9 Comments

I am currently “in transition” (which is the new meaningless jargon for “unemployed”), so I’ve been interviewing lately. Usually, it’s the same questions, same application to fill out (even though all the info they want is on the resume I just handed them, and on the web form I filled out to initially), etc.

Last week, I had the first interview for which I had to take a written test. This was a first, but it probably should be standard operating procedure. I’m a marketing copywriter by day (when I’m employed, that is), and the test covered my marketing knowledge as well as my creativity. Some of the questions were odd, and frankly, I rather enjoyed the chance to show off my creativity. It made the interview a bit more fun, and therefore a bit less stressful.

The question that stuck with me, though, was the last one:

How would you describe the color green to a blind person?

My answer was something like, “Green is whisper of the summer breeze through the treetops. It’s the cold kiss of dew-laden grass on bare skin, the smell of a freshly mowed lawn in the spring.”

Obviously, my mind went straight to nature, and since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how else you would answer that question. So I thought I’d put it to you.

How would you describe the color green to a blind person?


§ 9 Responses to How would you describe the color green to a blind person?

  • thelunarbee says:

    Green is a bruise several days into healing. Green is greedy, like American money. Green is envious, trying to hide the brown spots on hazel eyes. Green tinged with yellow, a rare sky after a spring storm. Green tinged with blue, overgrown monocots swaying on a hillside in Kentucky. In Ohio flatlands, rows of corn under a vast sky. Tart green, the taste of a Granny Smith apple. Green is putting the lime in the coconut and drinking ’em both up.

    • I love all of those, but many of them depend on knowing what a bruise or the sky or a cornfield look like, which a blind person wouldn’t know. I like how you brought up the question of “what shade of green?” When I think “green” without any modifiers, it is the color of summer leaves and grass. But there’s pine green and olive green and neon green and Granny Smith green.

      • thelunarbee says:

        I tried to think of greens in nature that aren’t necessarily obvious and abstract concepts like greed and envy, symbolism that many of us take for granted. But then there’s another level. The question is “HOW would you describe it?” Not necessarily using words, even. Taking them on a walk barefoot through the grass could be a way, for example. Also, you can feel a bruise, feel the raised skin, feel the shape of pain, of a color without knowing it, and how touching it hurts less as the green replaces the purpling. So many layers of sensations. (Also, weirdly, it could mean physically harming someone, punching them, waiting as the bruise ages to green and explaining the process of healing.) So really, if I was going to pick any one of those examples, I probably would have expounded upon it. Like cornfields, explaining about rows, or taking them on a walk through a field, so they can experience it firsthand. Touching moss would be cool, too. What greens can you feel, touch, taste, smell- that was why I thought of Granny Smith apples. True green, layers of green. I kind of have all the thoughts at once and picking one is the real trick. On that note: all the green foods! And explaining the “groops” to a blind person. Heh. Frogs and the like would a nice examples, too. Greens that ribbit! Greens that hiss!

  • Sarah says:

    green is the feeling of mint herbal tea in the back of your mouth. Warm and inviting, as well as refreshing and invigorating. Green is like lemonade, tart but sweet. Green is the feeling of wet soil, heavy, but cool and fresh. Green is the feeling of fresh sheets on your bed or the sound of scissors cutting.

  • Judy says:

    I have no idea. I love your description though. Nicely put. . .i will need to give it some thought.

  • squishysquid says:

    green is like the most beautiful thing you have felt. its of the most joyful memories you have of hugging loved ones or someone wishing you a good day. green is like love it brightens up the more it gets fed and the only way to dull it is to bring darkness. green will always be the feeling of happiness

  • Louise Green says:

    Green is the feeling you get when you see the one you love with another. It is the colour that comes when you watch something grow. It is the smell in the kitchen after a long night of cooking. When the rain is about to fall, it is the smell of the earth. Green is the rustle of wind through trees. It is the sacrifice that comes with protecting someone you love, the risk of getting hurt when the punches come in. It is the protectiveness you feel when someone insults a family member. It is the hurt that one tries to cover up with a smile. It is nature, always there, ready to protect, ready to sacrifice everything. Green is flawed, good on the surface, bad under neath, a smile on top and bruises hidden. You can trust the green, but keep your guard up. It is the colour you see when someone stabs your back.

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