Green has always been my favorite color. It represented the color of life to me as the snow melted from long grey Michigan and Wisconsin winters. The grass would reappear and trees would turn green. The attachment to green was reinforced by the home team Green Bay Packers and my full Irish maternal ancestry. Maybe I originally picked it to have a different favorite color than my siblings. One of my first big disappointments came when I learned that green was not a primary color but a mixture of blue and yellow. And then I discovered green was the color of envy. I contemplated changing favorite colors. I flirted with purple but it was not primary either. I noticed that many people were named Green or Brown but hardly anyone was answered to Yellow or Orange. I remained loyal to green. Recently I stumbled on a psychology of color site that identifies green with “being possessive and materialistic, indifferent and over-cautious, envious, selfish, greedy and miserly, devious with money, inconsiderate, inexperienced, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder.” Like my children, my favorite color just keeps testing my loyalty. Blue is the color of loyalty. I do not know why it never claimed me. But during Christmas season, I always take consolation that green still shares top billing with red.


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