Friday, December 25, 2009

Green, the Color of Spring and Mold

Green. The color of Spring. Spring has its place. We all start out young and tender, first reaching into the world with our tender tendrils. I'm glad it doesn't last long.

Spring is officially 1/4 of the year. Fortunately, it is only about 15% of our lives. In a good life, Fall, harvest season, is the longest season, with its rich golds and browns.

In Federico Garcia Lorca's Somnambulist Ballad, Green is the color of death. "Green green I want you green:
Green the wind, green the branches.
The ship upon the sea
and the horse in the mountain.
With the shadow at her waist
She dreams in her veranda,
green the flesh, green the hair,
and her eyes of cold silver.
Under the gypsy moon
They are watching her
and she cannot see them."

In the folk song Greensleeves, (what kind of folk sing this song?) Green is the color of rejection. The lass who wears the green sleeves rejects the singer / suitor.

For those of you old enough to remember, Green stamps were a gimmick at grocery stores that did not discount prices. You had to spend hours pasting the silly stamps into books and save them up for years before you could cash them in on something. My grandmother used to give me hers. I remember the happy day I had enough to get a set of 4 folding chairs and a folding table. Where did I get the hours in took to paste those silly things?

Green is the color of mold on bread. Scientists who grow bacteria on petri dishes used to throw dishes out if they got mold on them, because the mold would keep the bacteria from growing. Alexander Fleming became famous for figuring out this might be a good thing. Florey, Chain and Heatley got a Nobel prize for figuring out how to use Penicillin to fight disease.

Green is the color of envy. People who see chakras claim that Green is the color of the heart chakra (not red).

Green is the color of aliens. (except the lovely blue ones with the cool antennae on StarTrek). My skin is olive -- that's a shade of green. No wonder I married an alien.

Green is the color chlorine can turn your hair.

Green is what you get when you mix yellow and blue paint. Yellow is either happy or cowardly. Blue is patriotic, or sad. Does this make Green a cowardly patriot with bipolar emotions?

Green is the color of the ecology movement. I'm an eco-freak, but I think the color should be a rich brown, like fertile soil, and like my hair used to be.

Red is opposite Green on the color wheel. Red is the color of injury, anger and embarrassment. Injury is one way we outgrow green. The Green can be angry, but it's a different anger than Red. Green anger is from immediate pain. Red anger is from the world not being the way we wish. The Green cannot be embarrassed because that is a culturalization.

When people talk about becoming like a child for spiritual advancement, I think they mean giving up Red anger and Red embarrassment. But not giving up experience.

Mostly green means inexperienced and immature. In that respect, I'm glad I'm no longer green.

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