Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

What’s wrong with yellow?



Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ~  Abraham Lincoln

My mother taught me; if you didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I’ve carried those words of wisdom with me throughout my life. At the suggestion of my friend and fellow writer and blogger, Pam Wright, I’d like to share a recent experience where my mother’s words were put to the test.

It was a couple of days before Thanksgiving. After work, I headed to the grocery store. My mood was exceptionally good as I looked forward to time off from work and a quiet holiday with my family.

I entered the store and  strolled toward the shopping carts. A high pitched, scratchy voice stopped me in my tracks.

“Oh my God! You’re blinding me! I can’t see. Oh—I can’t see a thing!” The whiney voice shouted.

Dressed in my bright yellow, albeit fluorescent blazer, I turned to see a woman in her mid-sixties shielding her eyes.

“I’m blinded!” Her prickly squeals echoed throughout the market.

She continued her rant while I stood dumbfounded.

“I just came from another store where I was blinded by a woman in a bright color. What’s going on today?”

The day was cloudy so I calmly responded with a smile. “I guess we’re trying to brighten things up.”

It was then that this complete stranger, dressed in a drab colored jacket and gray slacks, launched her attack.

“That’s not your color!” she snapped.

I stood speechless.

“I’m a wardrobe consultant and I’d never recommend that color for you.”

Was this her way of getting new customers? My feet remained planted, despite my urge to run my shopping cart over top of this crazed woman, who in a matter of seconds was squashing my good mood.

Perhaps my expression told her I didn’t appreciate the attack on my love for the color yellow. Or maybe she realized how ugly she sounded. She lowered her voice and spoke again. “You’re such a pretty girl; I’d just never pick that color for you.”

 The offender

The offender

At that moment, my mother’s voice echoed through my mind. So many words danced on the tip of my tongue. Instead, I held my peace, refusing to allow her to steal my joy. I walked away with no response.

Has a total stranger ever taken you by surprise?


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.

190 thoughts on “What’s wrong with yellow?

  1. Hi Jill! Wow! I’m always amazed at the things strangers say. You handled it with grace and charm! My sis and I are natural redheads and we both married dark-haired men (opposites attract, LOL) so our kids have dark hair and don’t look much like us at first glance. I don’t know how many times we’ve been asked by strangers in loud voices, “Where did you adopt your kid?” Now, after over 20 years, we just chuckle and keep walking.

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  2. That is an interesting experience! You handled it well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jill! 🙂

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  3. Wow, what a story! I definitely like the wisdom of your mother, and try to remember it for myself. Thanks and greetings!

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  4. Hi Jill:
    Happy New Year
    Very true teachings by your mom
    If you do not have anything nice to say
    Best not to say anything
    ‘coz in saying something not nice
    You can end up hurting someone.
    Enjoyed your YELLOW STORY!
    Great post.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes and regards.

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  5. Thanks for your wishes Jill.
    May all your hopes and dreams be fulfilled
    This New Year.
    God Bless.


  6. Unbelievable! Some people really should just be quiet. I think bright colours are the minimum we need in our dull world of concrete. Good for you for standing your ground. It seems those people weren’t familiar with Lincoln’s words. Happy New year!

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  7. Makes me want to go out and buy a fluorescent yellow blazer of my own! Great post — and great advice from your mom!


  8. I liked the tidbit about Southern Writers, January and February, 2017. I wish we could get this magazine here, but I am not sure even the library will have it. The Internet probably has its own edition! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Robin. I don’t believe Southern Writer’s is sold on the news stands, but paper and online versions are available on their website. It has some terrific articles on writing. They hold a special place in my heart, as they were the first to publish a short story I’d written several years ago. They’re a great group of people. Enjoy your weekend! ❤


  9. I like your response Jill. I feel she should have kept her whining and opinions to herself.
    Nothing comes to mind right now regarding a similar experience but I pray I’m able to respond calmly like you did.

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  10. You handle that encounter with grace your mother would be proud. To answer your question I think you might enjoy these post


  11. You’re one cool cucumber, and definitely a very mature person. (smile) That woman was out of line.

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  12. Hi Jill – here is that cheese tray I was talking about (do you recall?)

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  13. Oh my word. I’m reading backwards again trying to catch up and this one was a doozy. I too have been trained as a color consultant but would never, ever chide someone for what they were wearing. If asked for my assistance, I might help select a slightly different tone or value of a color. I have a friend who HATES anything yellow. So sad to me because I love the color. I’m careful about the yellow I wear but it cheers me. If I saw you in florescent yellow out somewhere, I’d have to start a conversation with you because your color choice would tell me you are probably very friendly. Poor woman lost a wonderful opportunity.

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  15. I love the colour yellow and also orange, and if wearing those colours makes one happy then so be it and others should keep their opinions to themselves


    • I love the color orange too, Joanne. Yes, unless asked, I keep my opinions to myself. Can you imagine approaching a complete stranger and advising them on their wardrobe? I’m not that bold. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!


  16. How very rude!!! I can’t believe that anyone would be so crass as to make such remarks about your colour choice. My darling mom also taught me the same wisdom. I think kindness should be a compulsory subject in school, because harsh words once released are like feathers in the wind. They can never be gathered up again and stuffed back from whence they came. xx

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  17. Hi Jill! I am circling back to this because it keeps popping up in my inbox. Congratulations on such a wildly successful story. Did it surprise that it would be so popular?

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    • Hi Benn! I wonder why it keeps popping up in your inbox? I’m not reposting it…strange. Actually, I was surprised by the action on this post. Perhaps if I see that woman at the store again, I’ll thank her. 🙂 Great to see you!

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  18. Haha there’s all kinds of people out there and you just happened to come across one who couldn’t keep her mouth closed! I’m glad you wore the cheerful yellow 🙂 I like wearing bright colors to the nightclub where most girls wear head-to-toe black 😉 Let’s just be ourselves xx

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    • You’re right about that, Christy! She was a little crazy and oh so loud. Thankfully, I haven’t run into her again. 🙂 I’m happy to hear you enjoy bright colors as well. There’s enough darkness in the world, right? xo

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