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Motion to Colour, Sound and Smell Synaesthesia


In August each year, children’s school holds its annual spring carnival. All children are required to dress up in the colour of their school house. There are four houses at school: Red, Green, Blue and Yellow. Skye and Thomas wore their red outfits, and each made up a “Go Red!” sign.

Skye and Thomas love sports. They, especially Skye, certainly have the height and those long legs to match any athletes, but there is something missing.

Thomas was the 3rd to finish in the 100m sprint, but came last in the 200m running race. What was the reason? “It was so unfair! They put me in Lane 1 behind everyone! I had to run more to catch up.” Skye quickly corrected him. “But the distance is the same for everyone.” So that was easily explained.

But here came more reasons. “They were all moving so fast. I kept smelling the colours!” Yes, I know. That’s Thomas’ typical Motion -> Smell and Colour -> Smell Synaesthesia. He smelt red apples, green apples, and sunflowers. When there was a car driving pass, it made things worse. He enjoyed those smells so much, he had to stop a few times :-)

What about Skye and his long legs? “I came last in the 100m sprint.” “What! What about 200m?” “I came last too.” He sighed. What was his excuse? “It was so unfair! They put me with Grade 5′s, and a hyper, hyper-active Grade 4 kid. I had no chance to beat them!” Ok, that does sound a bit unfair. “Plus the orange colour I saw in front of me and the sound I heard while I was running. I got distracted!” So blame Skye’s Motion -> Colour and Motion -> Sound Synaesthesia.

At least Skye has made a new discovery. When he was spinning around the disc in Disc Throw, he saw all sorts of colours dancing around, “it’s like I was in a disco …… Aha, disco, Disc Throw, how come I didn’t think about it earlier!”

The family has produced three distinguish world-class sportsmen last 100 years. That certainly has explained where their long legs came from. Unfortunately that’s as far as it goes.


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