Anyway, I've been researching stuff for the human body studies we'll be doing all next school year for Science (and extending into other subject areas, too) and trying to make a plan. In my research this evening, I discovered a video about color blindness.
When people find out two of our boys are color blind (they struggle with the red-green spectrum, which is most common apparently), they often have many questions about what exactly they see. Of course, I do not know because I cannot put myself behind their eyes, but I have gotten some clues about what they see in watching their interactions with the world and how they describe things and how they draw things and what they notice about colors.
I have learned that for them, traditional Christmas season colors aren't so exciting. It all sort of looks brownish. So we try to use a lot of blue and yellow wrapping paper and many-colored, multi-textured decorations so they can appreciate the season more.
I have learned that my favorite time of year -- autumn -- is pretty boring for them. The colors aren't bold and exciting as they are to my eyes. Red, orange and brown sort of blends into one shade with slight differences.
I have learned that to them, blood looks black. I have learned that if they misplace a red object in the green grass, it's nearly impossible for them to locate without feeling around with their hands. I have learned that if there is green text on a red t-shirt or orange text on a green t-shirt, they cannot read it.
I have learned that pastel shades associated with red or green are even more difficult for them to discern than bold red or green. Pink often gets mistaken for gray. I know that a peach crayon looks like the color green and so a lot of their pictures with people in them end up with green faces unless they remember to read the labels.
But here is a well-made video that I stumbled on that might help my readers understand better what life is like for the color blind. It's not too long, so take a few minutes and check this out. Apparently there is a much longer version of this film that won several awards. I have not seen it.
Some times our boys resent their color blindness, but I try to encourage them by saying how much richer the colors in heaven will be for them than those of us with color vision here on earth. Their perfect vision will have come so much further than mine will have when we walk through those pearly gates. I'm almost envious of the amazing vibrancy that awaits them there.