Where do you see April? What colour is that day? And since when did eggs taste of chocolate?
March 29, 2013. One comment.
Last night I was talking with some friends about synesthesia and during the course of conversation I realised I have some involuntary mixed-sensory associations myself.
For instance the word Wednesday is definitely yellow. I couldn’t entertain the idea of it being purple, and certainly not blue. The musical key of F is – without question – green.
Now, this could of course be the result of some primary school colour charts that got lodged in my memory (or my mother’s keenness for colour coding in general) but then there is my mental map of the year…which is a circle with winter at the bottom and summer at the top and it runs counter clockwise. So right now we are somewhere around the 3 and 4pm area on a clock face and moving around and upwards towards the lighter bit. This is SO ingrained into my mind that I can hardly believe that everyone else does NOT see the year in this way. And clearly, they don’t.
Maybe it goes anti-clockwise because I am left-handed? There is no logical reason why it goes backwards to go forwards (except that life is sometimes like that) and furthermore, to remember exactly when something happened I sort of visualise spiralling round underneath the layers of the circle to see the map for previous circles/years. I can do this for about the last 10 without too much trouble, then it gets a bit hazy.
Writing this down makes me sound a little strange – even to myself.
But isn’t it fascinating how we all see the world in such uniquely different ways?
And probably worth remembering a lot more often too.
Along with the fact that the clocks go back this weekend… or is it forward? I can never remember, but I do very much like that this yellow egg sounds like a shaker and tastes of chocolate.