A Colorful Life

June 24, 2009


I am scared.

For two weeks, my furniture will be covered, my clothes stacked in a safe cupboard, my floor stained, my space invaded, the fumes unbearable. It will be hell, I know it.

But beneath the breath-quickening panic, deep inside, my heart is filled with joy. Soon, there will be no remnant of the nauseating creamish so-called egg-shell color adorning my walls. Finally. 

I am repainting my flat.

When I first asked Papa-ji if I could repaint the flat, he was stunned. Why would I want to repaint it? It was new! Did I not like the color?

“Well, maybe I would like something less….revolting hideous unbearable classic?”

“Ooooh, I see!, he said, beaming. Maybe you would like something more young?”


“Then if I may hazard a guess, maybe you would like the color I painted my daughter’s room!”

“I, eeeer…..”

“Come, have a look!”

And have a look I did. Well. It was certainly younger.

The room was painted a brash lilac. It had been sponge-painted, aiming at a textured effect but actually looking like giant fungus had spread on the walls. It was lit by a neon and all in all I knew that if I stayed five more seconds in the room I would start sobbing.

I congratulated Papa-ji on the brightness of the room but hinted that lilac did nothing for my complexion.

This was six months ago. I finally gathered the courage to call the painters. I smuggled them into the apartment and made them do patches. White, white, white patches. Very pale blue. A splash of red in my dressing.

Wish me luck.


3 Responses to “A Colorful Life”

  1. YVR Says:

    good luck.

    Will you be showing us the before and after shots?

  2. Sunny Side Says:

    Pale blue … watch them when they will make the mixture or do it yourself at first … otherwise you could have surprise … yessssss good luck !

  3. jasmineandtheelephants Says:

    Thank you!
    And yes, I will be watching them!

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