“What color’s a stop sign? Do you ever get traffic lights mixed up? What color is this (picks up random object)?” These are the questions my husband has to deal with EVERY SINGLE time someone finds out he is colorblind. Of course you’re curious because he just established the fact that he gets reds and greens mixed up. So of course you have to ask those questions because those are very real objects and signs that we see on a daily basis. Imagine if all the colorblind people in the world (over 3% of the world’s population has some type of colorblindness) would get the reds and greens of the traffic lights mixed up. It would actually be pretty dangerous to drive on our roads. I think I asked him those exact same questions when I first found out he was colorblind. Just so you know, traffic lights and stop signs are not an issue unless you can’t see color at all. There are just certain shades of red and greens that give him problems and lighting is also important in determining what color he sees.
So what is it like to live with a man who is colorblind? It actually is quite normal, but every once in awhile something will pop up. Like this past Christmas my loving husband bought me a pocket planner. I used to be super organized (pre-motherhood days) and always had one but stopped using one after the kids came. It’s really cute and totally my style except for one thing- it’s a light pink color. When I opened it I immediately knew he couldn’t see the color because I’m not a big fan of pink. So I waited about a week and asked him, “What color is the planner you gave me?” “White.” “Really? It’s actually a very light pink.” We laughed and I kept the planner because it reminds me of many other hilarious stories.
I am a pretty hands off mom. I don’t go out of my way to teach my daughter too much academic stuff because, for crying out loud, she’s only 2. She will learn her letters, numbers, shapes, and colors eventually so I never really sat down to teach her. But I hate to admit that she learned a lot of that stuff already through television. Anyways, my husband, on the other hand, is a lot more concerned that she will be running behind all of her comrades academically so he set about teaching her her colors. Yeah, I definitely had to intervene after awhile because the poor child was getting her reds and greens mixed up. For awhile I even thought she was colorblind. I pulled up all these tests online for kids to make sure she wasn’t. Once I saw a poster in the house and in large brown letters the word “GREEN” was written across it. I asked my husband what color the letters were and he said, “Green.” Yeah, I definitely got more involved teaching my daughter her colors after that.
One morning we were getting ready for church and already running a bit late. I was a bit annoyed at my husband for some reason which I can’t remember. This is always a bit stressful because my husband is a pastor so we definitely want things to be resolved before we have to paste a smile on our faces and greet our church members in a loving Christlike way. So he was in the car already and I hopped in. As I got in the car, a deer in our driveway scampered off into the woods.
“Did you see the deer?” he asked.
“Yeah,” I replied, half annoyed, “it was really beautiful.”
“Yeah, it was so brown.”
I was annoyed at him so I thought he was just trying to get me to talk and be in a better mood. “Yeah, deer are brown.”
“Really? I thought deer were green.”
At this point I honestly thought he was trying to make me laugh. “No, deer are brown,” I said in the most annoyed voice I could muster.
“I really thought deer were green.”
“Why would deer be green? Do you know of any mammal that is green?” I was still trying to figure out if he was serious or joking around with me.
“Well, up until now, I thought deer were green so they could camouflage in the trees.”
Yes, ladies and gentleman, a 32-year-old man just found out on that drive to church that deer are actually brown and that the trunks of trees are not green, but actually brown as well.
So then I said, “Are you sure you WANT to be serious because I am totally going to roast you at church.”
So I have been roasting him with this story ever since.
(Here’s a video of my husband taking a test from EnChroma)
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/65462440@N06/6065409117″>”Color Blindness” Deuteranomaly demonstration</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a>