When I was little, I loved to read story books. One of my favorite story books was The Fairies' Ring.
A certain shade of green pops up in many of the illustrations throughout The Fairies' Ring. Most of them show a fairy in a green gown. The exact shade of green the fairies are wearing is my favorite color. I like it more than any other color.
Below are two of the illustrations that show this shade of green. It's a very rich green, and it isn't very dark or very light. It's more in between; it reminds me of how clovers look after it has rained.
I have always really liked the introduction of this book. It says:
"Are fairies real? No. If you are a scientist who needs proof beyond faith, beyond anecdote, beyond mouth-to-ear resuscitation, there are no fairies. If you are modern, if you are an adult, if you cannot remember childhood, if you need irrefutable facts, there are no fairies. Yes. If you are from the nineteenth century or earlier; if you are a storyteller, a peasant nurse, a grandmother, a flower lover, a child, then there are fairies."
So where does the phrase "a becoming shade of green" come from? Well, it's kind of a long story...
The first time I ever saw Babar: King of the Elephants (1999) was when I was either three or four years old. My favorite scene was when Babar sang a song called "I Can Take Good Care of Me". During Kindergarten I memorized the entire song from start to finish and performed it in front of my class (and at the end of my performance I posed and shouted "Yeah!" as if it were a Jazz number). Anyways, the suit that Babar wears is described throughout the movie as a "becoming shade of green". If you have never seen this movie, you most likely have no clue what I am talking about.
So, what does this story have to do with the topic of this post? I dunno.
Okay, just kidding.
The real answer is: not much, except that this song and this movie come to mind whenever I think of my favorite color. I think the reason is because I associate this particular color with my childhood memories. To me, green is also a symbol of life and rebirth, as it is for many other people.