Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's all brown to me!

For quite some time, I thought my husband was just difficult, intermittently.  Yesterday, I was driving him to a business in the next town over.  He had been there before and I hadn't.  Remembering that I am neurotic, I get a little anxious when I don't know exactly where I am going.  Remembering that I live in Montana (which is code for The Wild West), we went from being on a modern paved road to a scary dirt/rock road in the matter of a turn. I asked him where it was and he said "It's the green building." And so I looked around, passed a few buildings, and kept driving down the rocky road at which point I asked "Which green building?!" because there were no more buildings.
"The one BACK THERE!"

It was then that I remembered that my husband is colorblind.

I didn't find out my husband was colorblind until we had been married for 10 years.  He didn't know he was colorblind either, in fact. We were out together and he needed to make a call on the cell phone. He is not great with technologies, and so I was coaching him through it.  "Just press the green button once and choose the number you need to call, and then press the green button again."  And then, suddenly, he was greatly annoyed with me. "THERE IS NO GREEN BUTTON!"
"Uh, yes there is... it is opposite of the red button."
"Wha? Here! It's right here."
"That's green?"

I've learned many interesting things about color blindness.  For example, he can see traffic light colors just fine but he cannot see light colors on a phone.  He can't see that he has red hair in a mirror but can see it in photographs. And of course, he thinks that tan and gray buildings are green, which they totally aren't.

In case you happen to be colorblind, the words in the bubble are the title of this image.


  1. Muahahahaha nice :D That's gotta be highly annoying though. I wonder why he can see it in pictures but not in the mirror.

  2. Hahahah! My cousin trusted me to pick out her couch with her husband. I let him pick it out not knowing he was color blind. Ooops.

  3. I had an art teacher that was colorblind... luckily he taught black and white photography.

  4. It's funny what men don't reveal until we've invested years into them eh?

  5. One of my good friends at work is colorblind. I got used to describing everything in shades. There would be lots of talk concerning light, dark, white, black, etc. It got difficult when we were working with multicolored computer wires!

  6. My husband is red/gray colorblind and so riding with him the first few dates was way more stressful than it should have been. Some shades of red are just not there....brake lights for one.
    He hates to shop because 9 out of 10 items he likes have red in them....and I can't keep from giggling because he's so earnest.


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