We celebrated the birth of our fourth granddaughter less than two weeks ago. Of course, she is adorable and we are smitten.
A new pink blossom on the family tree was how one of my loved ones put it.
As the mother of three sons, I really appreciate the girl power going on in our family these days.
Don’t get me wrong. I adored having sons and if I could go back in time and change anything, I wouldn’t.
But after being the lone female in the house for so long, it’s nice to dust off my nail polish and talk hair and makeup. (That is with the daughters-in-law as, at ages four, three, two and a few weeks, the Goddesses aren’t up to it yet – though they do love playing with my makeup and getting their nails done).
It occurs to me how much the colour pink has taken over my home, and my life, the past few years.
I was never really a fan of the colour, at least I didn’t think so – always being lured by the boldness of red, the emotional beauty of purple, the calmness of green and the sunshine happiness of yellow.
Now our house is filled with the pink and the frilly – princess castles, dolls prams, pint-sized lounges and stuffed toys.
Even my blog, with its pink colour scheme, is a showcase to the little Goddesses in my life.
With the boys, there was no pink in sight. I remember one time my mother bought one of the boys a pair of shoes from an op shop. These shoes had never been worn but the son in question would have nothing to do with them. His reaction was not because they were from an op shop, but because they had pink laces.
Replacing the laces didn’t solve the problem as there was a tiny bit of pink somewhere else on the shoes. My mother spent a fortune (the shoes cost only $2) on white shoe colour to hide the pink but no matter what she did those shoes were never going to work.
At different times in their adulthood, I’ve seen all three sons wear pink shirts to work, it seems to have lost its stigma.
The colour pink is most often associated with love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, femininity and childhood.
In colour psychology pink is the sign of hope, according to Empower Yourself With Colour Psychology.
“A combination of red and white, pink contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. It is the passion and power of red softened with the purity, openness and completeness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.
According to this site, people whose favourite colour is pink have a deep need to be accepted and loved unconditionally.
THE COLOUR OF CALM
The colour pink has a calming effect on the nerves as a project in prisons in Switzerland is proving.
The project, Cool Down Pink, involved painting cells pink in order to keep the prisoners less angry. The results seem to prove the soothing nature of the colour.
Aggressive prisoners tended to calm down within 15 minutes of being placed in a pink cell.
Some “drunk tanks” in police stations are also reaping the benefit of pink walls and police claim the drunks calm down and go to sleep it off much faster in the pink cells.
The prisoners hate the project claiming it is humiliating to be made to spend time in a room painted like “a little girl’s bedroom”.
So when did pink become reserved for girls?
In her book Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, dress historian Jo B. Paoletti explains how for centuries children of both genders wore fancy white dresses up until the age of six. This was practical as white can be easily bleached.
Pastels came into the equation in the mid – 19th century but did not become gender-linked until just before World War 1.
Even then there were differences. In 1927 Time magazine printed a chart showing gender-appropriate colours according to leading US stores. Many of the top ones promoted pink for boys as it was considered a ‘stronger‘ colour than blue. Perhaps those prisoners would feel differently about their pretty cells if they knew this.
It was not until the 1940s that it was clearly defined pink for girls and blue for boys. The women’s liberation movement paused colour classification for genders but it has shown a resurgence in popularity.
One possible reason is more mothers are finding out the sex of their babies before they are born and want to buy gender-specific clothing and accessories.
Whatever the reason it’s a wonderful thing for the four-year-old Goddess who tells me at least once a week that her favourite colour is pink (followed closely by green). Her two-year-old sister seems to gravitate towards purple while their three-year-old cousin loves the rainbow but loves blue best.
Which is your favourite colour? Let me know in the comments.
Wishing you a colourful and gleeful week, Tamuria