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Six Sentence Story: Kaleidoscope

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“Mommy, why is seven always blue and six always yellow? ” was the last question that Simon, age 8, ever asked about SUCH things because the consideration that he was crazy had formed, and was confirmed, by his mother’s predictable answer of “They’re NOT!”… a notion, like that, had to be hidden.
But numbers DID have their own specific colors, he could “see” them in his head: a kaleidoscope of repeated colors and patterns, and those numbers occupied space in a constant three dimensional realm!

Young Simon decided to bury any curiosity about his “nonconformity” forever.

It was his 4-year-old granddaughter’s announcement, that she would be five soon and “being pink” would make her happier than “green four” did, that exhumed a part of Simon he had secretly longed to explain, and at age 63, he formed a new notion… he was not an anomaly, and not, crazy.
With the help of the internet, he found those lifelong answers and breathed a validating sigh, because Simon, and subsequently his granddaughter, had a gift known as synesthesia which can take many forms but is NOT a kind of insanity.
A month later, Grandpa gave his birthday girl, who was an heiress to his nonconformity, a two foot tall plush pink pillow in the shape of a number 5.

{  A person with synesthesia, a condition in which the normally separate senses are not separate. Sight may mingle with sound, taste with touch, etc. The senses are cross-wired. For example, when a digit-color synesthete sees or just thinks of a number, the number appears with a color film over it.}
For further investigation: Synesthesia | Psychology Today

PS… I was 60 before I found, and figured, out that I have Spatial Sequence Synesthesia. Validating doesn’t even begin to explain that discovery. 😉

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36 thoughts on “Six Sentence Story: Kaleidoscope

  1. Excellent Six.
    Thank you for the explanation about synesthesia and providing a link. I’d never heard of this condition. Fascinating.
    As your story demonstrates, it must be hugely frustrating for a child and stressful for parents.

  2. Well-told through the eyes of the girl and her gramps. With that huge jump between young and older Simon, you wonder how he quietly processed his colours in everyday life in those intervening years. And then the revelation of finding info on the net, and knowing they are not alone.

    1. I think there’s an assortment of people who are unaware that they have it. I was 60 before I found out, Wish I’d had the opportunity to ask my grandparents.

      1. That would have been interesting. I’d love to hear more about your experience and how it affects your writing. 🙂

      2. It probably affects my writing, memory, and other processing but I can tell you it had a tragic affect on my ability to succeed in math class!

  3. very enjoyable Six!
    It was a total dual threat: a) an engaging story spanning generations while connecting the very young with the very old, and 2) way interesting core subject/narrative foundation

    To cite another writer (lol)
    “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy, yo”

  4. synesthesia- i was reading about this last week. Thans for the additional information. Good, informative six.

    1. I don’t believe for a moment people who don’t know about synesthesia are trying to suppress it. They just don’t understand it. Simon decided he was crazy. His mother didn’t call him crazy… she just couldn’t see what he saw. 😉

  5. My grown son experiences synesthesia between sound and color. I get it in feeling, but not in the intense very visual way he processes. It’s not weird!

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