Soul-Settling Yellow


By the winter when our youngest daughter was born, her brothers were old enough to conduct experiments upon her.

They held up a quarter-yard of pale yellow fabric and studied their baby sister’s reaction as it registered, first in her enormous amber eyes, then in her expressive pink-gummed smile.

They went through the yellow line-up: lined index cards, butterscotch game pieces, a golden diamond of honeycomb, bright tape, a stick of butter, loud book bindings.

It was buttercup yellow, with a soupcon of true orange, that made her eyes dance.

Thus they deduced her favorite color was this particular, sunny shade of yellow.

It takes some effort to find unhappiness in yellow.

Certain colors seem to settle the soul.

About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter and @schnitzelpond on Instagram. Bonus points for anyone who understands the Instagram handle. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2021 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with the wee Wordpress buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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6 Responses to Soul-Settling Yellow

  1. DeniseGlennon says:

    I remember the chickie outfit you made her, and I think she had matching shoes. 2 years old.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Once the boys got the favorite color settled, it was a gateway to chickies 🙂

  3. ann martin says:

    Delightful remembrance of happy times with the family and the new baby. Yellow Cheers! AM

  4. What beautiful yellow shots….it really is a cheery colour. I love the experiments you describe 🙂

  5. I am not a fan of the colour yellow, unless it is as Nature intended it. Your photographs show Nature at its best. Beautiful.

  6. scillagrace says:

    My childhood bedrooms were always painted yellow….I am a Leo, the Sun sign. Yellow makes me happy, but it doesn’t look good on me. 😉

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