“Is this too green?” I asked Terry, standing before him on Monday morning.
He stared at me blankly for several seconds. I could almost see the cogs turning inside his brain.
“I… have absolutely no idea what that question even means,” he said finally. “I mean, it’s… green? It’s… two things that are green? Also: I DON’T CARE. WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME?”
OK, he didn’t say that last bit. I could tell he wanted to, though.
It was OK, though: it was totally a trick question, because obviously there’s NO SUCH THING as “too green”. Terry was, however, correct in his observation that I was wearing two green things rather than one: this is a skirt and a sweater, not a dress, and I actually had no intention of wearing the two together. I mean, when I ordered this skirt, I just assumed I’d be probably be wearing it with my trusty black turtleneck. You know, like I usually do?
It was as I perched perilously upon a stool, reaching for the aforementioned black turtleneck, that this ancient green sweater caught my eye instead.
I looked at it, and then back at the skirt. I looked from the skirt back to the top.
Could it be…?
Was it possible…?
“OMG THEY’RE THE SAME COLOUR!” I said. (Inside my own head, obviously.) And that was it: as soon as I realised the colours were as close a match as I could reasonably expect from two items, by different brands, purchased years apart, I knew there was no possible way I’d be able to resist wearing them together. Seriously, you should all just be relieved I didn’t wear one of the two pairs of green shoes which would’ve also matched this skirt, because then I really WOULD have looked like a leprechaun. Or MORE like a leprechaun, rather. Not that that’s ever stopped me…