Thursday, January 27, 2005
Hot Pink. - updated ( yes, already )

I adore the color pink. This is a relatively new development. When I was a kid, well, and younger woman, I hated that color. I saw it as weak and pale and frail. I don't know what turned it around for me...but I love it now. I rarely wear it ( cause i wear almost only black ... long story ) I have been known to sport it on fingernails and toenails ( and parade costumes as well ) .... but I think whenever I re-do my guest bedroom I'm going to do it up in super girly pink. I mean why the hell not, I have a 30 year mortgage ... might as well have a silly room too.

My house has tons of color in it ( although with white walls, much to mary and dave's irritation) but for someone who wears such dark colors - i really do love bright and shiny and sparkly things in my house .... i think it's always so interesting to see someone's home and how it looks after you've known a person for a while and think you have an idea of who they are.

I for someone who is as silly and fun as i am ( humility was always lost on me) sometimes struggle with the perception that you can't be silly and smart. I know my circle of friends contains some of the silliest women on the planet. I know 3 of us who actually wear anklets that say "pornfruit" ... yes to church - then i for one, refuse to explain it and let people wonder....they are also each so very smart ... but they are also wise you understand what i mean by wise? so i know silly and wise works ... hell i'm silly and smart and wise .... silly works for me, and sometimes when i say silly i mean acting on the little spark of joy we have .. that one that kids show when they throw their heads back and do that full on body laugh...i feel lucky to say that i do that laugh about 3 times a day ... it's the best ... i love that childlike joy ... i like the little things - things that are such small thing.. i still love the idea of having purple hair if that's what you want. Why can't i do that and still be serious in my job? I love that my goddaughters think i'm silly and funny.... that i let them get away with SO much - but they know i'd take a bullet for either one of them if i could save them....I love that my friends and i will go out in public and wear huge tiaras and when people ask why - we say because we're queens, that's what. and when small shrunken old women smile and wave - we take them slap off of our heads and let them wear them for a while to be silly - or just plain give them away ... I love that i have a sock monkey ( yes a sockmonkey ) sitting on my TV in the den in a sparkly sequined watermelon themed outfil ... AND that i have one to match ... or does she match me ... doesn't matter.

We have to use blue ink pens at work, would the world really fall apart if i used say .... purple ?

I guess i'm just noticing all the really terrible things in the world that are very very important. yesterday when i heard that more marines had been killed in Iraq - i looked around until i could see where they were from - because my mind went to my friend who has a marine son there. I also thought of my friend who is in training right now and ready to go over .... i thought about the homless people i drive by on my way to work.... and the things that are such nothings that people make into huge deals ... and that get's in the way of their joy.

so here's something ... pearls of wisdom from the Barenaked Ladies
"and if there's someone you can live without, then do so.
and if there's somone you can just shove out then do so."

I take this to mean, don't worry about the little stuff, the person who irritates you just because she isn't dead yet....the fact that you dropped the cake on the floor ( yea, that was me last night ), or that you wanted to sleep those extra 10 minutes .... take the time to go enjoy the pink ...( wow that sounded dirty - and i guess i could mean it that way too ... but you know where i'm going with this)

**ok - so champagene lady's comment reminded me of a song i've heard Patti LuPone ( who i ADORE!!!!!!!) sing recently ... these are the lyrics ....

(J.Young, N.Washington, V.Young)
[Recorded April 16, 1984, New York] by Frank Sinatra
Hey don't save your kisses - just pass 'em around
You'll find my reason - is logically sound
Who's gonna know that you past them around
A hundred years from today
And why crave a penthouse - that's fit for a queen
You're nearer heaven - on mamma Earth's green
If you had millions - what would they all mean
One hundred years from today
So laugh and sing - make love the thing
Be happy while you may
There's always one - beneath the sun
Who's bound to make you feel that way
The moon is shining - and that's a good sign
Cling to me closer - say you'll be mine
Remember baby we won't see it shine
A hundred years from today, a hundred years from today

i'm grateful. grateful for the color, the joy, the silly in my life.
i'm grateful for the HOT PINK.

posted by Allie @ 1/27/2005 08:27:00 AM


At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from jennysue:

You may want to point out that once upon a time purple was a common ink color. Pretty much standard when I was younger. Remember the origins of ink. You may also want to point out that blue ink does not always pick up well on a copier and fax machine. Personally, I favor a nice burgundy color when I can find it. TA DA!

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Champagnelady59 said...

I think you need to keep the 'silly' or the childlike joy in the little things. My kids always groan when christmas time comes around, Yes I'm a huge christmas dork, but what really gets them is the fact that I get so excited about "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that comes on TV. Or the fact that I love cartoon characters or the fact that Amber and I sing at the top of our lungs every Tuesday night. if you lose that, then why live?

Nothing is that huge, your problems at work, at home, 5 years from now what will matter??? That you loved, you were loved and that you enjoyed life.

You go girl.

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicely put #3. You put a tear in my eye, a smile in my heart and a chuckle on my face.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Senior Thinking said...

wow, what a tribute to pink. I think that is the first one I have ever seen

At 12:48 PM, Blogger tinyhands said...

*I* know why you wear black- anything bright & sparkly would clash with the bright & sparkly person wearing it.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger a beer sort of girl said...

I adore this post. First visit to your blog, and that was a fabulous intro for me.

At 2:30 PM, Blogger amy said...

thanks for the nice blog. great attitude. i've just become a fan of the color purple. i've always liked pink. i never used to think of myself as a girlie girl either until most recently. take a picture of your new room when it is silly pink in color and share with us all. happy day to you dear friend. happy day indeed.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger devilboss said...

First of all thank you so much for thinking about my boy. As we haven't had any news we consider that good news. Next let me say that the best band in the history of the world did a tribute to PINK. So I say right on to that also.

Pink is my favorite crayon, even though most people think it's red.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger christ*el #3tx said...

i'm a pornfruit.

AND i am thankful for the allie.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Life ain't right without silliness and color. People who don't have either need to pull the pole out of their asses I say.

At 8:38 PM, Blogger se7en said...

Dear Allison!!!!! <----5 exclamation points out of 5 wow

great pink in the morning!! you can use that phrase if you likey.

hehe Kristin!


At 8:48 PM, Blogger M'Ary* said...

I have myself been on the "Pink is for cheerleaders" bus.

Life is too short to spend on stereotypes.

I know the meaning of life, also. Are you jealous? Somebody ask me!

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Tasty said...

M*Ary, what is the meaning of life - TELL ME TELL ME TELL ME!!!!!!

Tiny, I'm totally impressed that you knew that! (For the rest of ya, it's the truth.)

At 8:18 PM, Blogger christ*el #3tx said...


it's the meaning to life, love, and everything.

now tell me who said it?


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