An ode to green: Now is the time to love on everything verde

by DGO Web Administrator

I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with Kermit the Frog.

“It’s not easy being green”?

Ridiculous. I can think of nothing easier, more relaxing or more beautiful than being green.

It’s springtime, DGO, time to shake off the sadness of the sun’s yearly decision to abandon us for more southerly climes and to reacquaint ourselves with La Vida Verdant.

Green!!! Kelly green, hunter green, money green, emerald, turquoise, jade, chartreuse, Midori, absinthe, moss, myrtle, fern, the forest, the swamp, the field, broccoli, asparagus, beans, lettuce, kale, cabbage, avocado, lime, your heart chakra, the verdigris patina of aged copper, the olive drab of uniforms, flecked with gold and brown in a friend’s eyes, the Celtics, the Spartans, the Rams … Green!!!

ROY G. BIV’s middle name; it falls on the color spectrum between yellow and blue; takes its name from the Old English “grene” – the color of living things; it feeds and sustains us; it enlivens and inspires us; through its chlorophyllic magic, it converts the air we breathe from poison to life.

Now is the time to get out in it: take a walk, climb a tree, mow the lawn, trim the hedge, turn the soil to make way for the bounty to come, do anything along these lines, but make sure to make time to do it. Now is the time for the gardeners among us to plant our seeds, water our plots and tend our sprouts.

Few places in nature or in the works of mankind rival the magnificence of the shades of green you can find in a cannabis garden. There, you’ll soak in the sheen of an Amazonian parrot, the slow-breathing skin of a lizard lounging in the sun, the gleam of stained glass in our most magnificent cathedrals, synagogues and mosques, the perfect finish of a brand new car; greens that evoke jewels and the sea and places you long to visit or, having visited them, you count the days until you have the opportunity to return.

Green is a state of mind. It’s what makes us earthlings. The rest of space as we know it is dark, punctured by points of light, with a few bits of rusty red – Mercury, Venus, Mars, the stripes of Jupiter, the icy blues of the outer planets – but only here is green. “Going green,” doing things to preserve our home, is a recognition of our bond to this planet, the place that grew us along with all those beautiful plants outside your window.

Green is a state of mind, a state of mind associated with our favorite lady, Mary Jane. Even Urban Dictionary knows: Within its definitions of “green,” roughly three quarters of the material references “the marijuana [aka] God’s gift.” Get yourself into that green mind state; soon enough, you’ll find yourself out of doors, wandering around,the grass between your toes, a canopy of leaves above your head, your cares washing away, your heart rising, the corners of your mouth curling into a smile. It’s spring, y’all. Get green.

Christopher Gallagher lives with his wife and their four dogs and two horses. Life is pretty darn good. Contact him at [email protected]

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