In the book Write a Poem, Save a Life, the author had a section discussing synesthesia, which we are familiar with. Ella has often requested to be included on the blog and the podcast, so I interviewed her earlier this summer.
When my youngest daughter was in first grade, she was singing a song one day and in passing, casually mentioned to me how the school bus doors had a specific taste when they closed.
“You mean, have a specific sound?” I said to her.
“No, they taste like macaroni and cheese,” she replied.
I never gave it too much thought because she always thought outside of the box and she’s super creative, so I let it go. But over the years, she’s mentioned other things similar. Numbers having a gender, shapes that have taste, flavors that have a sound. Then last year, she said that she had a friend who also felt the same way.
I googled it and found out that it is called synesthesia.
According to WebMD:
-You don’t have any control over it.
-It’s begins when you are a child. So if you didn’t have it as a child, you won’t develop it as an adult.
-Although she is right-handed, it is said that left-handed people are more likely to have this.
-This is more likely to happen to creative people, which she is.
-It could be hereditary.
It’s fascinating, but I’ll let the interview speak for itself.
I used some of the prompts that were included in the book Write a Poem, Save a Life.
What are the genders of the numbers 1-10? 1 is a female, 2 is a male, 3 is non-binary, 4 is a male, 5 is a trans-male, 6 is a trans-female, 7 is a male, 8 is a female, 9 is a female, 10 is a trans-male.
What is the taste of anger? Very spicy with caramel, but not hot in temperature.
What is the taste of fear? It tastes sour, bitter.
What is the taste of joy? Cotton candy.
What is the smell of sadness? The inside of a school.
What is the smell of the color purple? Playing Wii with Anna. Smarties, and Pixie Sticks.
What is the color of sleep? Dark navy blue.
What is the shape of sleep? Circles.
What is the texture of loneliness? Sticky.
What is the sound of sunshine? Birds.
What is the sound of yellow? Squeaking.
What is the sound of blue? Ocean waves.
What is the sound of pink? Music.
What is the sound of love? Giggles.
What is the taste of blue? Every food combined, a lonely muck of feelings.
What does green taste like? Sweet and sour. But each green is different. Certain greens are sweet and others are sour.
What is the shape and color of sadness? Circle and black.
What is the texture of peace? Soft and squishy.
What is the sound of snow? Scooping ice cream.
I love the way her mind works. I wish mine was as vibrant as hers.
Have you ever heard of synesthesia?