I remember buying a raffle ticket sometime in 1977. I’m not the sort of person who can say where she was whenever somebody famous dies. I only remember this occasion because I would have liked a television that showed colour but at our house there were other priorities to be considered. My son’s kindergarten was trying to raise money and one of the mothers who already had a coloured television set bought a whole book of tickets. Needless to say, she won.
I vaguely remember that some of the first televisions in Australia had something green and translucent covering the screen so that people and their surroundings looked green. Apparently, after a while this stuff peeled off and what was left was the old black and white. Despite all that, or perhaps because of that I yearned for a television of my own.
Speaking of grass, some people say that the grass is greener…but it’s my honest belief that green is good.
Grass, for instance takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere which helps to reduce climate change.
Even if you’re not Irish, St Patrick’s Day sounds like fun. St Patrick is Ireland’s Patron Saint. The day is associated with all manner of things green, like green beer, leprechauns, shamrocks and the coming of spring.
There’s Shrek, who proves to his beloved that green can be beautiful.
The Green Lantern heroes do heroic things with rings.
And My Lady Greensleeves, a lady whose provenance can no longer be determined, but whose lyrics have lasted five centuries makes a strong case for green. *
The only thing that could have put a downer on my green mood was Kermit the Frog. He sings:
It’s not that easy being green / Having to spend each day the color of the leaves /When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold / Or something much more colorful like that
But then again, he perks up with:
But green’s the color of Spring / And green can be cool and friendly-like /
And green can be big like an ocean, or important / Like a mountain, or tall like a tree
So, really, we’re back full circle to the beginning, let’s hear it for Kermit the Frog and the colour Green.