The colors of a season include shades, tones, and hues that are sometimes steeped in meaning:
Red: The color includes shades that run from deep blood red or plum and burgundy to apple, fire engine, and carmine. The meanings sometimes associated with this color can be as diverse as the shades, themselves. Red is said to be connected to energies, actions, passion, blood or, sometimes, when those things go unchecked, rage or revenge.
Pink: with shades like blush, nude, and bashful, has been said to represent unconditional love and nurturing. It is also associated with a girl, all things girly, a ballerina, and can even signify something sickly sweet or bring to mind Pepto-Bismol.
Rose: the name that shares its origin with the flower of sweetness. It’s not quite magenta, which is strong and bold, but somewhere between the passion of red and girly nature of pink – more playful, summery in nature, and sometimes wild.
Books have been written about the history, meaning, and commerce of each color. Portrait painters through the centuries used combinations of colors to tell stories about their subjects, businesses have been established on the premise of helping you “find YOUR true color.” The funny thing is that our own personal memory plays a huge role in exactly how we feel about every color.
I remember a Valentine’s cake from my childhood that was sweetly pink on the outside and blood red once the first cut was made. I remember the colors vividly, the taste acidic in a bad strawberry sort of way. Sometimes public restrooms have a fake bad strawberry kind of smell. Maggie was given a hand-sanitizer that smells the same way. Every time I have a whiff of a restroom that smells of strawberry, I think of that pink and blood red cake. Never fails.
From hearts to shades of red and pink, come back this week as we continue to explore the theme of the season.