What Color is Monday?

“What color do you see for Monday?” my son Jack asked as I heaved a chicken into the oven.  “What?” I said distractedly, turning from the oven to slice some potatoes at the counter.  It was late afternoon one day last fall, and I was preparing dinner and managing the demands of homework and tired toddlers.  (One was in a tiara.)

“What color is Monday?” he asked again, his robotic voice rising ever so slightly in irritation.  “I don’t see Monday as a color.  Do you?” I asked, finally tuning in to what he was talking about.

“Yes.  All days are colors.”jpg for wcim final cover

All days are colors.  On a seemingly ordinary day, Jack once again granted me the privilege to take a tiny peek inside his fascinating mind.  Without preamble, he rattled off which color he associates with each day.  And then, just as suddenly as the conversation began, he snapped his mind closed and moved on to something else entirely.  I tried to probe further; why was Saturday purple?  Was the entire day purple, or just the morning?   “I told you.  No more.”  he responded in a clipped tone.

Out of our discussion, a book title was born.  Riddle Brook Publishing has asked me to write a book based on our life with an autistic child.  I originally wanted to call the book Thursday is Purple, but a couple of weeks ago Jack off-handedly remarked that Thursday is sometimes green.  (Come on, Jack-a-boo.  I’m trying to write a book about you here.  For real.)

And so, What Color is Monday? it is.

15 thoughts on “What Color is Monday?

  1. I’m hoping to see you read next Thursday– and I love that his days are colors. Mine are too, and I love finding out how other folks “see” our world. (My Mondays are usually white, sometimes blue.) :) Really looking forward to hearing some of the book.


  2. I just stumbled across your blog from momastery. The first thing I see is what colour is Monday! My son is on the spectrum and just said to me yesterday I have a colour for each day of the week. This made me smile!


  3. Carrie – I received your book in the mail last week and began reading it today. I need to sign off of my laptop so I can continue to see what it would be like to walk in your shoes. I’m proud to have called you my friend and see what a beautifully talented, strong women you continue to be. I look forward to see what the future holds for you, my dear friend.


  4. As I was reading your fantastic book, my 25 year old son looked at the title and said, “Violet” – I looked up questioningly – he pointed to the book and said, “Mondays are violet . . – he went on to explain that that is a purple, but there really isn’t any “purple” because Crayola made up the name for the color we call purple, but it is violet… ”
    With this discussion, I was reminded of SO many more I have had and started writing them down. As a speech pathologist in middle schools, I have shared what he has taught me with teachers and parents – For instance: If the student has stopped writing and put down his pencil, the common teacher cue is – “Are you finished?” or ” do you want to right more?” This makes no sense – of course he is finished – he stopped writing – and – if he wanted to write more he would – so his very logical response is yes – finished – no don’t want to.
    I learned early on to say what I mean and that isn’t easy – If a teacher wants a student to write more – say it – “write more about the setting – where what it looks like . . . etc
    By the way, according to Mike, my son, “Tuesdays are yellow – because I remember Tuesdays (When in school) as ALWAYS Sunny” –
    Sunny isn’t happy – he still prefers grey/overcast days – Like:
    “Thursdays which are were darker”

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  5. I’m stunned that there is absolutely no mention of synesthesia when mentioning that your son sees colors as days of the week. Please, look the term up on both youtube and google. You’ll be so glad you did.

    To the commenter Karen and anyone else whose child attaches colors (or even tastes and smells) to words, there is a good chance your child has synesthesia.

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    • I was thinking the same thing.
      I have synesthesia and so does my (fraternal) twin, although we see diffetent colors. Numbers, letters and days of the week all have colors and it doesn’t seem like some association we made up, to us, that’s just the way it is. Monday is red, it just is, just like it just is spelled m-o-n-d-a-y. Some colors and letters/numbers/days of the week don’t match a certain color as well so that’s why there could be multiple colors for a letter/number/day of the week but at least for me it doesn’t change and hasn’t my whole life.

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  6. Hello, i see days in colors. Mondays are red. Tuesday is grey, wednesday is blue, thursday is orange with black, friday is red saturday is black , and sundays is camo. All clothing including shoes match.


  7. Hello!

    My mom finished reading your first book and gave it to me so I could read it. I finished it in one day, it was so fantastic. My little sister, Fiona, knows Jack fairly well since he’s in her grade. I think it’s cool that we live in the same town. It’s Autism Awareness Week at Bedford High School and I’m hoping to buy a bracelet if I ever get enough pocket money. :-)


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