Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ode to Green

Photo by John

"Green is cool and friendly like ...
and I think it's what I want to be."
Kermit the Frog

Several years ago when I lived in San Diego I had a green moment. Like an "ah ha" moment that Oprah talks about - that moment when a lightbulb goes off in your head and you see things with perfect clarity - only it was green. I'd lived well over thirty years, but for some reason I'd never really noticed or paid much attention to the color green. On that particular Spring day, I rounded a corner and viewed before me a vast landscape painted in what appeared to be a crayon box full of shades of green. I'd never seen so many variations on the green theme. It was stunning. It was spectacular. Since that day, when I think of Spring, I think of green. Green that is so much more than just a back drop for bright spring blossoms.

One of the first things I think of when I consider the color green is Kermit the Frog. Mostly because Kermit green is a favorite of my daughter, Weneki. After some soul searching and song singing, Kermit decided that he was comfortable in his green skin. In the book, "It's Not Easy Being Green and other things to consider" which is full of the wisdom and wonder of Jim Henson, Ray Charles is quoted as saying, " ... he (Henson) believed that people are good and that they want to do their best and no matter how or why we might be different from anybody else, we should learn to love who we are and be proud of it." Green, then, must be a color of confidence.

Here are some other things that the color green brings to mind:
Easter grass
Newly mown lawns
Tropical seas
Four leaf clovers
St. Patrick's day beer
Christmas trees
Fields of cabbage along a Florida highway
Palm trees
Moss on the north side of a tree
Cottage cheese that's been in the fridge way too long
Cashmere sweaters
Tree frogs
Brussel sprouts
Peter Pan
7-Up bottles
Boston ferns
Hiking trails
Luna moth
Artichokes and asparagus
1970 appliances
Dill pickles
Al Gore
Pesto sauce
And last but not least .... Green eggs and ham.

Do you have a favorite green thing?

Wishing for you a day filled with color of happiness,
Merry ME


Fire Byrd said...

Trees trees trees trees. Oh did I mention trees!
I love spring here. This month everything will finally get ready with a few quick starters coming to the party early. But in May the world erupts in a spring,lime, emerald green. And if I'm lucky underneath the canopy of green will be a floor of blue.

Pamela Jones said...

The moss growing among the rocks by the river!

"It can make you wonder why...but why wonder, why wonder? I'm green and it's beautiful and I like it and that's what I want to be."

Breathtaking green in the photo!

AkasaWolfSong said...

It's not easy being green...ah I love that song!

One of my favorite green things is trees like Fire Byrd has expressed..I love the Standing Ones!

And I do love my Mother-In-Law plant as well as my Spider Plant and my little piece of Emerald and Jade.

Great Post Mary! I hope you have a Superb Spring Day!