Ready for a new word to add to your lexicon? Ok. Here it is: synesthesia!
Reader and instagram follower, barbiezen, mentioned it to me last week. I immediately looked it up when I saw her comment, and it blew my mind (thanks Barbie!). Synesthesia is the experience of recieving sensory input through one sense, and having an involuntary reaction in another sense. It’s sort of a sensory mix-up.
It came up because I shared this interaction with Andrew:
“Mom, what color is sound?”
“ummm….did you just say ‘what color is sound‘?”
“yeah, I think sound is an invisible color that only ears can see.”
Oh man. I love that story so much. I love that ANDREW so much. I loved it so much I had to do a “did you hear THAT?” to Dave…who was sitting right there with us, and then announce the story over instagram.
But I really didn’t think too much about it, other than appreciating how cool it was…that is…until Barbie dropped that hint about synesthesia. When I saw her comment, I stopped what I was doing to look it up and I realized that synesthesia comes up around here all the time.
In fact, just hours before seeing her comment, Isaac and I were back in the car after our one-on-one time at the beach. “Mommy, keep your hair quiet.” “Keep my hair quiet?” “yeah. it’s too noisy.” Scouts honor: my hair wasn’t making a sound…though I admit I was a little wind-blown.
It reminded me of a time that Isaac insisted that the days of the week each had a color identifier. Monday was red, Wednesday was pink, etc. And a time that Isaac used to write the alphabet every day after school using a certain color for each letter. It was the same every day. It came up so much that I scoped out his classroom to see if there was an alphabet chart hanging up with the letters in those colors. But I didn’t see anything.
Right now I think that *maybe* Isaac has synesthesia. *Maybe* Andrew does too. But I also think it probably doesn’t matter too much. It doesn’t seem like it will interfere too much with their little funky lives. Right now it just seems cool.
I was talking to a friend the other night about the story about my hair and Isaac’s potty troubles (still!). She laughed and said “I LOVE Isaac! He can sit around in wet and dirty pants and not care. He’s all, ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ when it comes to being clean…but your HAIR, on the other hand, is making a RACKET! So try to keep it DOWN!” So true, and too funny.
My mom has said for years that Isaac will surprise us. But I think she didn’t see stuff like this coming. :)
Sometimes Isaac complains that muffins can be “too muffiny”. I don’t think that counts as synesthesia, but it definitely counts as “classic Isaac”. These biscuits seem to be fine by him though. I managed to make them just biscuit-y enough without being too biscuit-y. Not an easy balance to strike. I got the recipe from this cookbook, and I definitely recommend them!