After months of deliberating, John’s new sunglasses arrived. Not just any sunglasses. EnChroma sunglasses. Sunglasses that bring color to the color blind.
John is not profoundly color blind, but he has a hard time finding a red ball in a field of green, if he can even tell you it’s red after he’s found it. And while I don’t want to harp on the amount of times he’s argued with me over what color a grey/green/dark blue/black item of clothing is, let’s just say it’s come up over the years. This spring a friend sent a video John’s way, thinking he might be interested…
…and last week they arrived in the mail.
It was exciting but I was a little bit nervous. What if they didn’t work? They don’t work for everyone and after all the deliberation and long wait it would be a huge disappointment. He opened the box and read the directions “Strong daylight is ideal. Go outside!”
I looked outside with my natural color vision. It’s December, it’s Wisconsin, it was overcast. It was not what I would call a colorful day. But you work with what you have.
We stepped out the front door, John put them on and looked around.
The grass was greener (for November in Wisconsin), the leftover pumpkins from Halloween were brighter (for old mushy pumpkins), John was interested in the color my hat had turned but seemed less than overwhelmed.
Fifteen minutes the directions recommended, so we set out on a little walk around the property.
At the scrubby edge of the orchard he stopped when he saw the wild black raspberry canes.
He stopped because, as John now knows, the tangle of brush he never gave a second glance to is laced with arcs of purple and red.
We admired the beauty of raspberry canes for a long time.
When we moved on, John was seeing new color everywhere, the green moss on the trees, the red combs on the chickens… he started bouncing on his toes and finally exclaimed:
“It’s like eating ham sandwiches your whole life and then having a panini!”
Then both of us finished the walk looking at the color around us with new eyes.
Of course seeing the world in color is anything but mundane but that’s not going to stop me from linking up with Mundane Monday again!