Blue MAG

February 10, 2009
By Lisa Wang PLATINUM, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Lisa Wang PLATINUM, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
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She's five. Her brown hair hangs in ringlets, and she has a wide smile. She looks a lot like my sister. In the hours I've spent with her at the hospital, she has never complained. There is so much she has never seen and will never see.

How do you explain colors to a person who lives life without them? She's never seen the sun or the blue sky reflecting the blue of open sea. She's never experienced colors. How do I give them to her?

Blue feels like morning dew on a crisp spring day. Blue can smell sharp like the first frost in winter, although sometimes it is the scent of fresh rain on a cool summer day. Blue tastes like lemonade, sweet with touches of bitterness. Blue sounds like waves crashing over jagged rocks or trickling down into a stream. Blue is soothing, elegant. It is the antithesis of anger, though it doesn't lack passion. Blue feels cold and smooth like marble. Somehow it's fresh and crisp, sweet and sometimes bitter.

How do I explain colors?

I guide her to the open window. Raindrops fall into her outstretched hand. After a moment, she smiles.

“Blue,” I tell her. “This is blue.”



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on Nov. 15 2010 at 10:00 am
SMWells PLATINUM, Carlisle, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Some truths best left unspoken.

This was lovily. I realy injoyed it. I shall ad it to my favorites.

Lisa W. said...
on Feb. 19 2010 at 1:35 pm
Her name is Julie. And I feel I'm far more lucky to have met her.

Thanks!

Lisa W. said...
on Feb. 19 2010 at 1:34 pm
Thanks! xDD This piece really means a lot.

CMapes said...
on Feb. 17 2010 at 5:22 pm
This is beautiful. You describe colors perfectly. That girl is lucky to have met you.

on Feb. 13 2010 at 8:31 pm
SwordGirl SILVER, Apex, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

-- Winston Chuchill

This is AMAZING. You captured the feelings perfectly.

Lisa W. said...
on Feb. 4 2010 at 6:14 pm
THANK YOU =) that means a lot!

grace2719 said...
on Feb. 4 2010 at 4:41 pm
grace2719, Port Washington, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"If you love something, let it go. And if it comes back, you can eat it"

i LOVE this!!! your description of blue is perfect :o)

Lisa W. said...
on Jan. 25 2010 at 8:58 pm
Haha, thanks! You're too kind.

Lisa W. said...
on Jan. 25 2010 at 8:58 pm
Aw, thanks so much! That's so sweet.

monniefish said...
on Mar. 16 2009 at 1:30 am
monniefish, Ennis, Texas
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Wow. This is awsomely amazingly too good to put into words good.

on Mar. 13 2009 at 7:20 pm
One word: wow.




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