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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Brown (11/26/09)

TITLE: It is curious
By dub W
11/26/09


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It is curious that the color brown is only mentioned in Genesis 30, and then only if a reader has the right translation. Most modern translations have substituted the words “dark color,” when referring to brown. That said, the color brown occurs with such frequency in life that the educated guess might be – it was too common in Biblical days to even mention.

Indeed, the woodwork of my library, the hardwood floors, and even the pants I am wearing are brown; albeit the items are varied in shades. The sandy soil outside of my home is of a brownish hue, and the slow moving stream near our home is often brown when the water level decreases.

Boiled peanuts are stables of parties here; they are brown. Black-eyed peas are, for the most part, also brown. The fall leaves, which have gathered on my driveway, are brown and they fell from essentially brown trees.

Our dog, half Jack Russell, is brown. Her dog food is also brown. The Thanksgiving turkey has been cooked to a brownish color; the ham is browning before slicing. A brown pitcher of sweet tea is standing by.

My wife used to have brown hair; she kept it that way long after age had changed the color.

Once upon a time I had a brown suit. I went to a “dress for success” seminar and was told that brown was too neutral. I gave away the brown suit and haven’t owned one since. Although, I have a light tan suit for summer; I guess technically, that qualifies for brown.

And, it should be mentioned, that my family on my mother’s side, were all Browne’s. Okay, it’s not spelled the same, nor does it carry the came meaning; however, in my study of family origins, the name Browne probably indicated the occupation of someone, perhaps a tanner.

During hurricanes we often experience a brown out; or a lack of electricity. I have a generator in that case. It sits on my brown deck. And, should I need, it will produce power for about ten hours. If I do not keep it fueled I can produce my own brown out.

My CRV parked in the driveway is brown. They call it tan, but it is brown.

Sunday, we will sit in brown pews at church. The offering plate will be brown, although more of a brushed copper color. The tables in my Sunday school room are brown, so are the chairs.

My guess is that in Jesus day most of the things of life were also brown; just a common color that brought no attention. Any color that was NOT brown made it to pages of the Old and New Testament.


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c clemons12/04/09
It may be curious, but when you break it down like you did, it is also boring!! I would have liked to have read more about the attributes of brown, instead of the blandness of the color. One thing for sure you definitely used the topic. Overall I would expected more.
c clemons12/04/09
**have expected**
Henry Clemmons12/08/09
Very good narritive/commentary on brown. My favorite line, "My wife used to have brown hair; she kept it that way long after age had changed the color."
I thought your piece was very entertaining, funny and demonstrated super smooth writing skills. (Aside) And, I am not related to the previous commenter.
Ruth Brown 12/09/09
Well Dub, I found it very tongue in cheek funny! And your peanuts are a staple that can be eaten in the stable, and you can throw the brown shells on the floor!
Blessings to you.
Jim McWhinnie 12/09/09
I found this to be a quite surprisingly enjoyable read --an intentionally relaxed look at the brown of the common place.

Being an artist, we call it the creation of an object using the negative space ... brown is the velvet in which the colors of life are placed ...

Sara Harricharan 12/09/09
Oh, quite curious indeed! I loved the black-eyed peas line...mainly because I always thought it was white and black. ^_^ The lazy flow of this was just right for this afternoon.
Karlene Jacobsen 12/09/09
I am curious, how is it that such a dull, unobrtusive color, can fill so much of our lives... because it is so unassuming and sneaks up on us.
I enjoyed the tongue in cheek feel to this piece.
Edmond Ng 12/09/09
Besides the Genesis 30 account of brown in the flock, there is another verse about brown leaves in NLT translation -- Ezekiel 47:12.

You are probably right about brown being too common in the OT and NT to be mentioned, since nearly everywhere in the Holy Land is sand. LoL. Your story is very candid, which is good for light reading. I particularly like the part about keeping the hair brown long after age had changed the color. (",)

Beth LaBuff 12/09/09
Why am I not surprised that "sweet tea" is listed with all things brown, here? :) Your ending made me smile! Does your wife know you wrote this? :)