Fiction, Kids

Deep Blue, See!

Hi! I am Danny. I am 7 years old. Blue is my favourite colour. This may sound clichéd but, for me, blue is a colour that gives me joy and happiness. It’s completely unlike the way others perceive it and make up negative thoughts around it. You know what I mean?

Monday blues. Feeling blue. Why not green? Why can’t someone feel brown? Or have Monday oranges?

I love painting. I mostly enjoy painting nature and landscapes. My mom and dad bought me an easel, few canvasses and lots of paints and brushes. I enjoy painting in my room because my younger brother never lets me paint outside in peace. He would always come running for paints and brushes. I have to keep them away from his reach all the time.

I have kept my easel near the window from where I can see outside and look at sunsets. I would love to paint a sunrise someday as I haven’t seen a proper sunrise yet. It’s tough to wake up so early. Sun is already out by the time I come out of my bed.

From last few days, my mom and dad are telling anyone they meet that green is my favourite colour. They know that it’s not! Blue, it is and it always has been. Why are they saying green? Ok, I don’t mean that green is not a good colour. simply love the blue colour. I keep telling them but they just nod and smile.

When I went to school today, I saw a notice on the board. A drawing competition is being held at the school. Without losing a minute, I went to my teacher and told her that I want to participate. She wrote my name on the list of students who are going to take part in the competition. I was so excited to tell my mom about this as I knew she will be happy too.

deep blue see pretty mumma says

After I reached home, mom asked me to come with her to the doctor’s clinic for my eye examination. But, why? I can see clearly. Is that when they tell you to wear those ugly looking glasses?

In the clinic, the doctor first showed me some drawings. Then he put some medicine in my eyes and checked them under a bright light. After the check-up is done I was asked to wait outside in a room where a nurse asked me to lie down. The doctor asked me to keep my eyes closed for some time or until my eyes stop itching. Mom was still inside talking with the doctor. I just wanted to go home.

On the day of the painting competition, I woke up slightly early and checked the list of things to be packed in the bag. I picked up my bag and arranged everything neatly inside.



Colour plate…check!

I was very nervous while I was sitting in the hall with other students. I had already decided that I would be painting a beautiful blue sea.


of a colour intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day

On the day of the result of the painting competition, I ran towards the notice board to see my name on the list of winners. I looked thoroughly top to bottom but my name wasn’t there. I was sad and after reaching home, told my mom about it. When I asked her the reason, she said that she got a call from my teacher. She told my mom that I am mistaking green colour with blue. She said that I painted the sea green.


of the colour between blue and yellow in the spectrum; coloured like grass or emeralds

Further she said that the doctor told her I have colour vision deficiency. I will never be able to identify colours correctly. I didn’t really understand what she meant. She always liked my paintings and always said good things about them. She never pointed out any problem.

I still don’t agree with the doctor and my mom.

I painted the sea blue. I can show you. See…

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short story dedicated to children with colour vision deficiency.

Colour Blindness or Colour Vision Deficiency

Color blindness, also known as color vision deficiency, is the decreased ability to see color or differences in color. Color blindness can make some educational activities difficult. For example, buying fruits, picking clothing, painting with right colours and reading traffic lights can be more challenging.

Blue-Yellow Color Blindness

Blue-yellow color blindness is rarer than red-green color blindness. This is of types. One of them is  Tritanopia. People with tritanopia, also known as blue-yellow color blindness, lack blue cone cells. Blue appears green and yellow appears violet or light grey. Tritanopia is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder affecting males and females equally.

Source: Wikipedia


15 thoughts on “Deep Blue, See!

  1. Good information about colour blindness Surbhi. Apart from treatment, kids do need the support and encouragement from us as parents.

  2. Happy Birthday! Just like a swan picks a fish, you dipped and picked up the emotion from the sea of a child’s life… Deep. Blue. See…

  3. This is so beautifully written. The issue was highlighted with so much ease and makes u actually think about the issue.
    Brilliant work sur.

    1. As formal as it may sound, words coming in from you mean the world to me. Despite being so busy, you take out time to read. Thank you and much love darling girl!!

  4. How brilliantly you touched the topic of color blindness. Such a great post for kids to learn empathy. Your stories are beautiful Surbhi.

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