In The Family
Since synesthesia is hereditary, I asked my parents if anyone in the family also experience colors for people. Like seeing auras, I said. My father shook his head. My mother, however, asked if synesthesia could map colors onto sounds.
Yes, I replied. People to colors is just one form out of many.
She nodded. I hear colors in people’s voices.
What color is mine? I asked.
My jaw dropped. My mother was a synesthete and I never knew! Did she have the same relationship with colors as I do? I had to ask.
Is an orange that goes with a purple different from an orange that goes with a red?
Of course, she said.
Now when I say that I inherited my mother’s color sense, I mean it literally.