Friday, October 26, 2012
The color of context
When I first looked out my window on the scene below, with the colors before me and Halloween plans in the back of my mind, it occurred to me that Halloween would look very different to me if it occurred during another time on the calendar. Just think about it for a minute.... What about July 4th? Red, white, and blue, are just not Halloween colors. Witches in long flowing robes and black pointy hats, riding brooms don't inspire firing up the BBQ while rolling out the dogs and burgers. What about December 25 with all its red and green, or the Easter season that really has more random dating but a definite pastel bent when it comes to choosing colors? Certainly not inspiring a zombie apocalypse.
After contemplating this for a bit, I realized what a small view that I really have of all this. A good section of the country must not view these things in the same way at all. What I mean is, Halloween without green palm trees, while never entering into my mind, is completely unthinkable in Southern California or Florida. And consequently, a vision of Santa in a speedo is something that I would want surgically removed from my brain, it might be quite powerful and relatable imagery in Hawaii.