I hated the color green as I was growing up, and it was all her fault. She loved it in the most ridiculous, passionate way. She had green EVERYTHING.
Green church suits.
Green church shoes (to match the green church suits).
Green LEATHER outfits (yes, outfits- as in more than one).
I should also mention that it didn’t matter which SHADE of green it was. If it was in the green family, it was good as gold. I didn’t much mind the green for her. I mean, you like what you like. But what I DID mind was the fact that she spread the green to us by way of our GREEN summer camp shirts. You see, for a huge chunk of my childhood, my grandparents ran the Harriet Tubman Summer Day Camp in the basement of their church. And we had camp shirts that we had to wear–and our camp shirts were green. AND, since my grandparents ran the camp, that meant there was no shortage of green shirts for me to wear. I could never ruin my shirt. I could never lose it. I couldn’t forget it. There was always a green shirt for me.
But now, things are different. They’ve changed. And I’ve grown and changed, the color green has become less of a subject of my distaste and more of a comfortable and familiar association with someone who I loved deeply, and who deeply loved me.
Now when I see the color green, I am reminded of faith, family, strength, dignity, purpose- all things that she embodied. I am reminded of the value and necessity of education. I am reminded of the responsibility of serving others and lifting as you climb, lest no person be left behind.
Green is for Grandma.
In honor of my grandmother, Mrs. Mildred Eleanor Roberts-Davis
August 20, 1935 – July 8, 2006