Waking Up Amy

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Wednesday is Always Yellow.

A few days ago, I read an article that blew my mind. Where did I read this article? I can’t remember. However, I do remember after reading it I felt as if my whole life had been a lie. Just kidding, it wasn’t that dramatic. This article was explaining a neurological condition called Synesthesia. It […]

A few days ago, I read an article that blew my mind. Where did I read this article? I can’t remember. However, I do remember after reading it I felt as if my whole life had been a lie. Just kidding, it wasn’t that dramatic.

This article was explaining a neurological condition called Synesthesia. It means when one of the senses is activated, another one kicks in as well. Doctors aren’t sure why this occurs in some people, but their best guess is that some of us are just wired differently than others. Sounds legit. Some of them believe it runs in families and can be passed down, like Grandma’s glass clown collection.

Here’s the thing that blew my mind: I thought everybody’s Wednesday was yellow! Or blue, or lime green, whatever. I had no idea that not everyone else saw numbers and letters as colors. I never talked about it, because I assumed everyone I knew had their own color palettes.

After I read the article, I asked my husband if his letter A was red. He looked at me like I was speaking in a different language. The same way he looked at me when I tried to explain how certain words feel bad in my mouth. The word crisp feels sharp and jagged, like glass. I didn’t bother telling him that crisp is a glistening silvery-white shade. I assumed he already knew.

I left my husband in a state of confusion and decided I needed expert opinions on the matter. I group texted my friends and took a poll. I could not see their faces, so I didn’t know if they were thinking I was pranking them. They all answered no, they did not see Wednesday as yellow, or any other color. One friend enlightened me to the fact that some musicians see musical notes as colors. This type is called Chromesthesia.

Although I am not a medical professional, nor have I been formally diagnosed, I have characteristics of the type known as Grapheme-Color Synesthesia, my Wednesdays are always yellow.

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