This post should have been yesterday’s post, but I was rushing to get out of the house to have dinner with my son Chase, and so postponed posting this until now.
The theme I have chosen for today is: Take two – Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.
The bird is blue and the leaf is green.
Blue and green must never be seen without a colour in between. That’s what my Sydney Nan used to tell me.
Sydney Nan would know because she was a very stylish woman. Her handbag and shoes always matched. When she was younger she wore gloves and a hat. Every Sunday night she would paint her nails, and they always looked beautiful, just like she did.
I argued of course. But Nan, the sky is blue and the grass is green, and they look good together.
Yes, Sharon, they do. But it’s not the same in fashion, always put a colour in between.
Okey dokey. I knew when to stop arguing with Nan.
Pink and green, on the other hand, are fit for a queen.
Pink and green? Together? Hmmm …
Nan didn’t tell me that. I read it somewhere.
We have a proclivity for making connections between things. We see an animal act in a certain way and we connect it with human emotions or actions. We see a puddle and connect it with a painting we once craned our necks to see over the heads of hundreds of cameras in a museum on the other side of the world.
We connect a loathing of maths to our high school maths teacher.
We connect our aversion to wooden spoons to the fearful voice of our mother and finding socks under the bed.
We connect the scent of vanilla to our fridge and then make the leap to food and then realise that you’re writing a blog post and it’s after past nine and you haven’t had breakfast and you’re hungry and your mind is fuzzy and you wonder why you don’t stop to eat.
And you connect the leaf that’s been rained on in Melbourne to the rain coming from Tasmania where the bird was given as a gift.
Between people and things. Some more tenuous than others, but we can make them if we try.