Little Kid Yellow

Two summers back, I bought a gallon of paint for $10. At the local hardware store, the clerk had inadvertently mixed the wrong color and offered it to me. What a score, I thought. The color approximated the hue I once used to paint windows in a cupola — a color I christened Little Kid Yellow.

Not everyone in my household has been an enormous fan of painting our front steps bright yellow. Afterwards, even I wondered, Why do I do these things?

Likely, because of January. Because of November, too, and December, and February. Heck, March and April. By the end of May, tiny blue squill will sprinkle the greening-up grass.

But right now, color in northern Vermont is hard to come up. And the little bits of brightness — that’s gold.

The winter wind
flings pebbles
at the temple bell

— Buson

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About Brett Ann Stanciu

A writer and sugarmaker, Brett Ann lives with her two daughters in stony soil Vermont. Her novel HIDDEN VIEW was published by Green Writers Press in the fall of 2015. Let my writing speak for itself.
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9 Responses to Little Kid Yellow

  1. Never enough Little Kid Yellow in my opinion. I LOVE your steps.

  2. Nancy says:

    Perhaps one day you’ll see
    a brilliant red cardinal enjoying those steps!

  3. I had to laugh at this one. My powder room on the first floor is painted blueberry and Dannon yogurt raspberry, both “oops” paints I got at the hardware store for $2 each! They are actually quite lovely together.

  4. I imagine! Paint isn’t cheap (usually), either.

  5. What a beautiful house! And yes on that yellow! And pots of flowers that change – what fun!

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